Stanton Street Soccer Field Reopens with Shiny New Turf from Nike

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 at 8:22 am by
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Better late than never.

The replacement pitch donated by Nike on Stanton Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is now ready for play. Officially. The Parks Department cut the ribbon on the new soccer surfacing Friday evening, after mucho pressure from the community (and maybe even from pro athletes participating in the annual Showdown). Contractors spent last week painting the perimeter fences. Even the field received markings of its own, like the enormous Parks Department leaf logo at center field.

As in 2006, the new surfaced was unleashed in typical Nike style. A soccer clinic of sorts with a viewing of the Women’s World Cup match of USA versus Sweden (resulted in 0-0 draw). The private event was no doubt a precursor to the almost-canceled Showdown in Chinatown at the end of the month.

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Reopen for only a few days, the unnamed field is back to its crazy usage patterns, shared between soccer players, runners, family picnics, and tai chi adherents.

This is a long time coming. That’s no exaggeration. For many moons – upwards of five years, in fact – the turf saw literal wear and tear. To the point of hazardous playing conditions. Divots bored through the carpeting, often exposing the metallic undercarriage of the field. After two alleged donors fell through, Nike stepped up to the plate for the new turf.

We’ll see how long this one lasts.

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