On the ‘Ground’ with the New Madison Street Soccer Pitch
In the month-and-change since we broke the news, the large-scale indoor soccer field on Madison Street is making quick progress. Transforming a long-vacant commercial warehouse on the edge of Chinatown.
Last week, The Ground, which was founded last year around the corner on Monroe, made the expansion official by whitewashing 130 Madison and imparting branded lettering.
As previously reported, the business purchased 130 Madison in December to create this annex. It includes a larger field, more programs and clinics for kids, plus a small bar room for spectators.
Its presence also brightens a small section of (de-mapped) Mechanics Alley.
Meanwhile, business is booming. So much so, that even Chelsea Piers, starved for space, rents from The Ground to book some of its clinics.
The souped-up pitch should be ready for play sometime in March. At which point the Monroe original will focus solely on kids programming (e.g. clinics and leagues), not bar-based.