YUMA, Ariz. – Desert Sun Stadium was once used by the San Diego Padres for training. Now, a new era of sports games could soon begin. The company making all this happen – OneGoal LLC. wants to bring both a men’s and women’s league to Yuma this May.
The field IS now fully converted to support soccer games. Yuma City Council must now approve a contract with OneGoal LLC., the company looking to put the underutilized facility to use.
“You’re either renting the stadium to soccer or you’re not renting it out at all,” Dave Nash with the City of Yuma said. “It’s been played on for only a handful of days for any baseball activity.”
Dave Nash with the city of Yuma says OneGoal has already put down a 5,000 dollar deposit and paid to replace the stadium’s turf.
“They’re gonna be using that roughly between the hours of six and ten p.m. It’s a 1000 dollars for a four hour rental. They’ll rent that facility by the hour,” Nash explained.
Chris Wheeler co-owns three bars in Downtown Yuma and says semi-professional soccer would draw more out of town visitors to the area.
“Soccer’s big in border towns – good for Yuma. Absolutely, it’s good for Yuma, so make use of it,” Wheeler said.
The 2015 season would begin in May for both leagues set to play at Desert Sun. Wheeler says that’s good news to local businesses who see a slower stream of customers during the summer.
Wheeler continued, “Anything in the summer that you can find to do in Yuma, especially that’s reasonably priced – and these sound like they’re going to be reasonably priced games – is just good for business.”
Local schools’ athletic departments could benefit too. Nash says the field would be available for use by other teams outside of the semi-pro leagues.
“That facility will yes indeed be open for other groups who might want to play soccer in that stadium,” Nash added.
Everyone will get the opportunity to check out the new converted field this Friday and Saturday. Weekend at the Oasis is being held at Desert Sun and the surrounding stadiums.