The City of Mississauga is excited to announce that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with The Daniels Corporation to build an outdoor boxed soccer pitch in the downtown core. The new pitch, to be named “Daniels Community Field,” follows a successful pilot project which took place last fall.
The numerous inquiries from residents asking when the pitch would be put back after the pilot finished gave planners confidence that there was excellent community support for the venture. “Bringing back the pitch allows us to provide an outdoor space for play in an area where parkland is limited and population density is high,” said Laura Piette, Director, Parks and Forestry.
John Kovac, Ward 4 Councillor, is actively involved in the project and is proud to help bring the boxed soccer pitch concept to Canada. “This is exactly what I had envisioned for our downtown core, not just a public amenity but a boxed soccer pitch that will rival the ones I have seen in urban, European locales.”
The agreement with The Daniels Corporation starts July 1, 2017, and has a nine-year term. The pitch will be located at Prince of Wales Dr. and Living Arts Dr. for a minimum of three years and may be transferred to other locations if Daniels requires the use of this particular location before the completion of the full term.
The city will be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of the pitch while Daniels will cover the costs of the land preparation, lighting, seating, and landscaping. Daniels will refund the initial $180,000 cost of the pitch to the city at $20,000 per year over the duration of the 9-year term. In exchange, Daniels will have rights to the name of the pitch, advertising on the boards, and an in-turf logo.
The pitch is a welded aluminum soccer system that will be 15 metres by 30 metres in size. It will feature artificial turf surface, soccer boards, and two goals with boxed-in netting.
Organizers hope that the new pitch will provide a place where residents of all ages and abilities will enjoy watching or playing soccer, thereby supporting the city’s aim to promote healthy and active lifestyles. The pitch will not be programmed for profit, but instead will encourage informal drop-in soccer games.
Planners anticipate that the pitch will be ready for use by the end of summer 2017.
Photo: John Kovac, Ward 4 Councillor at pilot version of boxed soccer pitch. Photo courtesy of City of Mississauga.