Brockton Boys & Girls Club proposes artificial turf soccer field
BROCKTON – The pronation of studs that sink into natural grass, the soles of the feet are embraced by the grass, as if each foot were stepping up from a foam mattress.
This feeling is familiar to most soccer players who play on grass. Artificial turf is not as comfortable, but it is more durable and requires less maintenance, regardless of the weather or level of use.
“I’m definitely for it,” said Brockton FC United captain Rudney Delgado of the idea of creating an artificial turf field in Brockton.
If Metro South’s Boys & Girls Club (BGCMS) in Brockton has its way, it may well be.
The club is committed to expanding Eldon B. Keith Field and creating an outdoor artificial turf soccer field for club guests and students at Brockton Public Schools.
The expansion would also include the construction of a new clubhouse on the Eldon B. Keith Field property.
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The field would be built by the Boys & Girls Club and then returned to Brockton Public Schools, which become Brockton Public Schools property for their sports teams.
Brockton Public Schools would be responsible for maintaining the fields in this agreement if realized, with BGCMS also having the option to use the field for their youth programs as well.
“It would be good for the youth,” said Delgado, who grew up in Brockton and plays on grass and turf for youth leagues.
Delgado said although he believes football is best played on grass, a grass field is easier to maintain because of the New England weather.
Monica Lombardo, vice president and chief advancement officer of Metro South Boys ‘and Girls’ Club, said the demand for more soccer fields in Brockton was part of the idea for a turf soccer field.
According to Nolan Napier, president of Brockton Youth Soccer, the city received a scholarship in 2019 to build an adult-sized soccer field at O’Donnell Field. However, the number of youth fields is missing.
“A turf field is a breeze,” said Napier, who, as part of the Brockton Youth Soccer Association, is struggling to get his youth teams to play on lawns that are not properly maintained year-round.
Napier is hoping the turf field will be built and is accepting low cost field rentals for his organization.
When an RFP is issued, companies have 30 days to respond with their suggestion of what they would use the land for and submit their offer to buy the property The hotel is located at the back of the Metro South boys and girls clubhouse, accessible from West Elm Street.
Eldon B. Keith was a long-time member of the Brockton School Committee early in the 20th century, served in World War I, and died in 1919 on a US government mission to London. The land was made available to the city by Keith’s father, George, in 1921 with the intention of converting it into a sports field and using it for entertainment purposes.
In recent years it has been used as a venue for local baseball and soccer games.
According to Lombardo, the boys and girls club hopes the soccer field and clubhouse will be built by 2023 when they take control of the grounds when they get the RFP. The club has donors to potentially fund these expansions, if approved.
The RFP is expected to be discussed further at a Brockton School Committee meeting on May 4th.
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