“Today’s NDP Will Keep Building World-Class Facilities to Make Manitoba A Soccer Centre” Selinger

Sep 26, 2011 | Government News

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Commitment will help make Winnipeg Soccer Federation’s vision a reality

Today’s NDP will commit $12.5 million over four years to build world-class soccer facilities, including a new indoor complex in north Winnipeg and nine new fully- lit synthetic grass fields across the city.

Greg Selinger

“Manitoba has great momentum. The major sports and recreation facilities we are helping build will be some of the best in the country, from the MTS Iceplex to the new football stadium at the University of Manitoba.” said Premier Greg Selinger. “The way to keep building on our momentum is to keep setting our sights high. These new soccer facilities are the next step.”

Today’s commitment will help realize the Winnipeg Soccer Federation’s vision to build a new 4-field indoor soccer complex in north Winnipeg to add to their successful 4-field facility in south Winnipeg. As well the WSF will build nine new fully-lit synthetic grass fields across the city:

  • Two in east Winnipeg;
  • Two in west Winnipeg;
  • Two in central Winnipeg;
  • Two alongside the new north Winnipeg complex;
  • One more added to the two already in use at the WSF’s facility on Waverley.

“More people are playing and watching soccer than ever before,” said Barry McArton, Manitoba Soccer Association board member. “Premier Selinger really knows how to get things done, and I’m excited about this pledge to help make Winnipeg and Manitoba a world-class centre for amateur soccer. It’s no exaggeration to say these new facilities will be the envy of the country.”

Fully-lit, synthetic grass fields can host four times as many games as a grass field, and can add six weeks to the soccer season. They can also be used for other sports outside the soccer season, such as high-school football, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee.

Today’s NDP also will pursue opportunities to build and enhance soccer facilities in other Manitoba communities. For example, efforts are already underway to begin planning for a new indoor soccer complex in Brandon. Premier Selinger committed to supporting Brandon’s plans in the same way as they develop.

Investments in recreation and quality of life for families would be put at risk under Hugh McFadyen’s plans to cut spending and cancel projects. Just 14 months ago the PCs voted unanimously to cut $500 million and stop stimulus projects including the MTS Iceplex and the new football stadium.

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