February 16, 2007
The Soccer Organization Charlottesville Albemarle is proposing to build a new $4.5 million facility that could serve the needs of its 9,000 players and the entire community.
The long cold days of winter can be felt in many places around our area, but none more obvious than the snow covered, empty soccer fields at the Soccer Organization Charlottesville Albemarle.
"We are woven into the fabric of the community, woven into the fabric of their lives and we are really looking to make a home for the organization," said SOCA Executive Director Bill Mueller.
That new home would consist of indoor soccer fields and training facilities, a full size outdoor artificial turf field and office space to compliment the current outdoor fields that SOCA uses. It's a facility that officials say would fill a growing need.
"We have children who aren't able to play in the winter time because there aren't enough existing facilities. Being able to train year round would be really great," said SOCA Director of Coaching Dan Rosensweig.
The $4.5 million project would be especially crucial on days like today when the fields are wet and snow covered. However, officials say it is not just for soccer players, it would be for the entire community.
"We would love to be able to welcome other user groups and other members of the community and local neighbors and other neighbors all around the County to have access," Mueller said.
Most of all, soccer lovers say the 10 acre facility would boost players who are looking for that needed edge.
"This will provide a place where people can drop in and play. It will be a real home for soccer and youth in the area," Rosensweig said.
The proposal will next go before the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in April. If approved, SOCA will begin raising the money needed to begin construction.