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Bakersfield Sports VillageBakersfield Sports Village Soccer Complex

The Grand Opening Ceremony Recap

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The city's first soccer complex, Bakersfield Sports Village Phase I, officially opened on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a program of noteworthy speakers and City officials in attendance. Dianne Hoover, the director of the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department welcomed the guests to the new complex and provided the crowd with an overview of the complex. Phase I consists of the first eight lighted soccer fields, with eight more being developed. The first phase cost $8.8 million and the whole project is estimated to cost $65 million, she stated. Other speakers included Mayor Harvey Hall; Councilmember Jacquie Sullivan; Romeo Agbalog, Senior Field Rep. for Senator Jean Fuller; Bakersfield City Manager, Alan Tandy; American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) National President, Paula Berriz; Donna Nelson, AYSO Area Director; and Robert Greco, AYSO Region 73 Commissioner. Numerous other officials from AYSO Region 73 were also in attendance.

The first phase was developed from a partnership between the City of Bakersfield and the American Youth Soccer Organization. The City provided the land and infrastructure for the soccer fields and Region 73, which has a membership of almost 2,000 players, will take care of the daily operation of the facilities. The opening ceremony which consisted of the normal "cutting of the ribbon" was also followed by officials kicking a soccer ball in the goal to literally "kick-off" the opening of the Bakersfield Sports Village Soccer Complex. The opening ceremony was followed by soccer demonstrations and children’s activities.

Location: Soccer Complex at Bakersfield Sports Village
9001 Ashe Road
Entrance is on Ashe Road, north of Taft Highway

About Bakersfield Sports Village

Bakersfield Sports Village is a planned sports complex which will eventually include football, baseball, softball, and passive areas. Phase I has been completed on 50
acres for $8.8 million which includes eight lighted soccer fields, rest rooms and concessions building, landscaping, parking lot, purple pipe system for irrigation,
and Wi-Fi provided by Bright House Networks. AYSO Region 73, formerly of CSUB, will operate and utilize the soccer complex. The sports organization is one of the largest in Bakersfield and Kern County serving about 2,000 youth between the ages of 4 -19 years. A Hispanic league consisting of another 2,000 adult and youth players, women’s leagues, and others will work with AYSO Region 73 to use this new complex.

Soccer FieldThe complex is unique in that tertiary water will be used to irrigate the fields, directly from the water treatment plant to the north of the sports complex – purple pipe system.  Much of the infrastructure is now underground to expand the soccer complex to include eight additional fields and a soccer stadium.  Two more fields are currently being graded by city staff in order for teams to use as practice fields in the near future.

The City of Bakersfield has entered into a license agreement with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 73 to operate and manage the first eight fields.