Creating a large turfed lit space centrally located in the St. Louis Area for year round outdoor use. We have 3 options for our funding goals. Our minimum is $142,000 for the smallest field size. If and when more funds are raised, we can expand the field size. Location is TBD.
St. Louis has a storied soccer history such as the St. Louis based members on the team that beat England in the 1950 world cup to the incredible SLU and SIU teams to present day club teams that are rated among the top in the nation. I run a St. Louis area pick up soccer group. And over the past few years of organizing I have seen our membership boom from 25 people on a e-mail list to over 800 people in the area. After this summer's drought we found it difficult to find a reliable field to call home. There are a couple stipulations that I have put into place for potential fields. 1. It has to be centrally located since we have people drive in from all over the region to play. 2. It needs to be big enough to expand into multiple side by side games since there are times where 60-70 people show up. There are also some things I have learned in my own experience as head organizer. 1. Playing on a wet/snow grass field can really destroy field and makes for a unusable and unpleasant place to play for future games. And in cases such as the drought this summer, water should be conserved. 2. Lights are essential for the fall and winter. I can assure you there is a strong desire to play soccer year round. Last winter we had over 30 people jump a fence with snow shovels to scoop snow from a turf field. We paid U-City a small fortune for the use of their Heman field and lights. I've been approached by area groups to try to monetize our group. But for me soccer is a game that brings people together that would never cross paths in life, and pick up soccer should never be something exploited.
We have 3 options for our funding goals. Our minimum is $142,000 for the smallest field size. If and when more funds are raised, we can expand the field size. Location is TBD: •46 yds. x. 27 yards (this is the typical field size): Minimum Goal: $142,000.00 •80 yds. x 54 yds. (this is a traditional 7x7 field size): Goal: $390,000.00 •120 yds. x. 80 yds (this is the maximum field size): Goal: $860,000.00