PEI

P.E.I. getting $3M indoor soccer facility

Prince Edward Island's first indoor soccer facility will be built over this summer.

Prince Edward Island's first indoor soccer facility will be built over this summer.

The 64,000-square-foot building will be located next to four outdoor soccer fields in Stratford, just across the Hillsborough River from Charlottetown. Construction will begin this spring and the $3-million facility is expected to be ready by the fall.

The provincial government estimates there are 6,000 soccer players on the Island ready to take advantage of the venue during the winter and in foul weather.

"This facility will provide an opportunity for athletes of all ages and abilities to enjoy soccer on a year-round basis," Gerald MacDonald, president of the P.E.I. Soccer Association said Monday in a government news release.

The soccer facility will have an artificial turf playing surface.

The federal and provincial governments are each putting over a million dollars into the project. The Town of Stratford is contributing the land as well as $150,000.

now