By Kristen Milton
More than a dozen years after the first soccer players stepped on its fields, the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds is prepared to complete its facilities, which consist of approximately two dozen indoor and outdoor fields, adjacent to the South Germantown Recreational Park, that opened in October 2000.
The May 22 planning board memo summarizing the status of the site’s public/private partnership said the planning board received an amendment in April proposing completion of the third and final phase of the SoccerPlex. The two fields would be constructed on the north side of Schaeffer Road and would be fully funded by the Maryland Soccer Foundation that runs the site. Work would begin in fiscal year 2016 with construction ending in fiscal 2017. Administrators of the SoccerPlex are required to submit an annual report under the provisions of their partnership.
While the memo noted that a public hearing would be scheduled “in the near future,” the construction was not mentioned during the May 1 presentation by Trish Heffelfinger, the foundation’s executive director. Heffelfinger summarized the site’s renovations, attendance numbers, and community endeavors since her last report, including hosting coat and cleat drives and a partnership with Germantown’s Matsunaga Elementary School.
The SoccerPlex will host the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in July, in which eighty-eight of the nation’s top teams will compete. Heffelfinger said the facility bid for the hosting role, which she said would bring over $4 million in economic impact to the local area. The SoccerPlex last hosted in 2003.