Soccer association plans outdoor turf stadium in Havelock

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

While commissioners supported the idea of the facility, they balked at the league’s proposal to pay 10 percent of net profits from tournaments to the city as opposed to a flat $100 per team fee charged to other leagues that use the complex.

"We just want it to be the same across the board for all teams," Commissioner Will Lewis said.

The soccer league pointed out that indoor soccer has fewer players per team, and thus would have more teams.

"I’m 100 percent in support of what you want to do, but I am also 100 percent in support of treating you like we treat everybody else," Mayor Jimmy Sanders said.

The board decided to allow acting city manager G. Wayne Cyrus to consult with the city’s attorney to craft a contract between the city and soccer league that would be satisfactory to both parties.

Commissioner George Liner said that the new facility would probably grow the organization, which is already a lynchpin of youth athletics in the Havelock area. The league is in its 30th year and has an average of 300 players each spring and fall season.

The facility would allow the league to host "indoor" soccer leagues and tournaments. Indoor soccer is considered a much faster-paced game than outdoor soccer, with the speed of the game compared to that of hockey or indoor lacrosse, with end-to-end action.

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