Soccer association plans outdoor turf stadium in Havelock

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 02:41 PM.

The Havelock Youth Soccer Association got an approving nod from the Havelock Board of Commissioners to begin raising money for the construction of an enclosed outdoor turf soccer stadium Monday night.

"This is a very unique facility that we want to build," Bob Hardin, soccer association treasurer, told commissioners. "There will be nothing else like it east of Raleigh. This is a smaller field. It’s extremely fast-paced."

The association proposes to pay for all expenses to develop the facility that will be built where tennis courts currently exist at the Havelock Recreation Complex on Fontana Boulevard.

Recreation officials say the tennis courts get very little if any use.

The estimated cost of the stadium is between $20,000 and $25,000, with the artificial turf costing the lion’s share at about $12,000. The stadium would be 135 feet long and 80 feet wide and constructed out of high-quality concrete and cinder block, Hardin said. It would have bleachers, a concession stand and a high-tech scoreboard. It will not have a roof.

The arrangement calls for the Havelock Parks and Recreation Department to operate the facility.

Hardin said the association plans to fund the construction through sponsorships and donations. Construction won’t begin until all funding can be secured.

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