PEI

Summerside wants second indoor soccer facility for P.E.I.

The City of Summerside wants a second indoor soccer facility on P.E.I., to better serve soccer players in the western part of the province.

'We'll do whatever it takes to bring another facility to Prince County' says city councillor

Summerside wants to 'get the ball rolling' on bringing an indoor soccer complex to the western capital . (CBC)

The City of Summerside wants a second indoor soccer facility on P.E.I., to better serve soccer players in the western part of the province.

The only indoor facility on the Island currently is in Stratford, east of Charlottetown. It was built by the P.E.I. Soccer Association beginning in 2008 for $3 million, and a portion of the annual dues paid by players across the Island goes to the association to help pay off the facility.

If they want to build an indoor facility in  Summerside , we are all in favour of it.— John Diamond, PEI Soccer Association

"Just in the Summerside United soccer club, it has 650 members that pay towards that — let alone the Kensington and West Prince club," points out Summerside councillor Tyler Desroches, who put forward a motion at Monday's night's council meeting. 

Summerside council has directed staff to contact the P.E.I. soccer association to express its interest in being home to a second indoor soccer facility.

"We just wanted to make it known that we'll do whatever it takes to bring another facility to Prince County. We just want to get the ball rolling."

PEI Soccer Association president John Diamond says it's 'highly unlikely' it would get involved in building another indoor soccer facility. (CBC)

The city could provide the land and tax relief, Desroches suggests, and could possibly operate a new facility. 

The Stratford soccer complex will be paid off this summer, notes the P.E.I. Soccer Association, but it still requires maintenance. 

"If they want to build an indoor facility in Summerside, we are all in favour of it. If they are expecting a partnership of any sort, that is highly unlikely," said association president John Diamond.

The association is willing to meet with city officials to discuss the idea further, added Diamond.

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