Bond would bring soccer fields to size [UPDATED]Published 11:25am Monday, September 10, 2012 Updated 11:32am Monday, September 10, 2012
For the first time in Fergus Falls history, soccer teams in the area might have a full-size soccer field to call their own.October
For this to happen, the Outdoor Facilities Bond Referendum would need to pass on Nov. 6. The $6.27 million project would reorganize and upgrade many of the school’s outdoor facilities and add space for physical education classes, practices and games.
While the soccer team is getting along OK the way things are, the upgrades would benefit Fergus Falls soccer in several ways, said head boys soccer coach Beau Krueger.
The main soccer fields would be moved to Cleveland, and for the first time ever, there would be a full-size soccer field for teams to play on.
“The fields we play on now meet the minimum regulations, but it’s not optimal,” said Krueger. “By extending the fields to the width we need them to be, one side of the field slopes up and the other slopes down.”
This can become an issue for teams when they are passing down the sidelines. Sometimes the ball will roll out of bounds when it wouldn’t on a flatter field, Krueger said.
The soccer team sometimes has games on the football field, which has similar down sloping problems when the width is extended.
Another benefit to the outdoor facilities reconfiguring would be location. When there are two games going on at the same time, they would be right next to each other. With the current layout, those games would have to be played at different locations, he said.
“It would be easier for us and easier for visiting teams,” said Krueger. “Right now if the varsity and JV play at the same time, varsity plays at the Kennedy soccer field and JV plays at Cleveland.”
The field quality would improve with a sprinkler system. The fields get very dry later in the season, and the grass gets pretty ripped up, Krueger said.
Krueger also thinks that by making Cleveland “the soccer fields,” exposure to younger kids could be increased.