Nike Soccer Field on Stanton Street is in Terrible Shape; Parks Department Considers Repair a Priority

Posted on: January 14th, 2015 at 9:22 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Repairing the dilapidated (nay, dangerous) Nike soccer field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a high priority, according to the Parks Department.

Nearly nine years after its media-friendly debut, the Nike-built pitch is in tatters. Literally. The turf carpeting is a dangerous minefield of burrs, divots, and even exposed metal base. One athlete who plays on the field weekly says that people are constantly hurting themselves due to the subpar conditions.

Sources tell us that it’s at the point where organizers of the annual Showdown in Chinatown are wary of playing here for fear of injury. That was apparently the case the last couple years, too, but the game went on. Perhaps the field status is part of the reason why the “Chinatown” was ultimately dropped from the event name.

This image has been archived or removed.

When we spoke to organizer (and superstar athlete) Steve Nash over the summer, he told us, “I think we need new turf. We’ve tried in the past, we’d like to work towards getting new turf for that park. It’s not that simple, unfortunately. There are endless people playing on it, and that’s why the turf’s in rough shape.”

But this month, a glimmer of hope.

Field repair has been on and off the Community Board 3 agenda numerous times the last year, and it’s returned again tomorrow night. The docket alludes to a “capital works project.” We asked Chief of Staff for NYC Parks, Steve Simon, about the plans. “We are talking to two possible donors but have nothing firm to report yet,” he noted. “[Field repair] is a high priority, and we would like to replace the field as quickly as possible.”

Nike funded the cash for the field in 2006 in anticipation of that summer’s World Cup. Numerous soccer events involving Premier League team announcements transpired here. The Showdown in Chinatown first starting playing here in 2008.

This gallery has been removed.

Recent Stories

See the Subways with the MTA’s Live Subway Map

It’s been a long time coming, but the MTA map is finally going digital. Now officially in beta, the MTA’s “Live Subway Map” is a dynamic interface showing real time train locations, arrival times, and service alerts, among other pertinent info for New York denizens. And it arrives at a time when subway ridership numbers […]

When a Rat Skeleton Falls through Your Ceiling

This is not a Halloween story, but may as well be. As reported yesterday, deaf and hearing-impaired tenants living at 174 Forsyth Street are demanding remedy for deplorable living conditions. Those affected allege years of neglect that led to extreme disrepair and lack of security, and are holding a press conference this morning to train […]

Woman Punches Uber Driver in the Face on Ludlow Street

A woman jumped into an Uber on Ludlow Street and assaulted the driver, police said. On Sunday night, approximately 10:00pm, the woman entered the cab outside 121 Ludlow Street, unwarranted, and allegedly punched the driver in the face. He sustained a fat lip, and is otherwise okay. It’s unclear what prompted the belligerence. However, the […]

Economy Candy and the Pandemic Halloween

With Halloween just a few days hence, we checked in with local love Economy Candy, to see how owners Skye and Mitchell Cohen are managing the pandemic during a peak holiday for the Lower East Side confectioners. As you can imagine, Halloween has always been a big deal in the Economy Candy family. “Growing up, […]

Deaf Tenants Allege Years of Neglect and Poor Living Conditions on Forsyth Street

Deaf tenants in HUD housing on the Lower East Side are organizing to demand better living conditions after years of purported neglect. The buildings comprising 174-184 Forsyth Street were constructed in March 1994 specifically for low-income deaf and hearing-impaired tenants. New York Society for the Deaf owns the six-story, half-block complex, which was financed by […]