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Author Topic: How Foothills Soccer got built Full Sized Indoor Field & 1st class Facility  (Read 479 times)
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« on: Fri, 23-Mar-18 @ 01:47:42PM »
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Tackle Football facilities in Calgary have improved over the last 20 years immensely though problems with operations in this climate remain.

With all of the money that flows into Minor Football from the Calgary Stampeders 50-50 money there is a strong possibility this would make sense for Minor Football to look at at sometime in the near future.

The Foothills Soccer Club built an elite, full sized indoor field facility (bigger than a Canadian football field) for a very low price relatively speaking of $11 million, though the entire facility is first class from the turf which is the same used by the New England Patriots to every aspect of the facility.

How did they pay for it? Well, that is the fascinating part - it was paid for by investors who get a commercial rate of return from rental fees from the Foothills Club and other sports teams outside.     

Danny Hay, program director for Foothills Soccer says the Indoor Field project makes sense from a business perspective. 

Instead of having to purchase gym space and travel to play at quality facilities, the club will pay rent to private investors over the next 30 years.

“We’ve gotten to be a big enough club that it’s enough to pay a commercial rate of rent to some investors. 

Instead of putting money in an RSP or a mutual fund, they can make a decent rate of return by putting it into something that benefits the Calgary community.”

The Investors plus donations paid for the Facility to be built.

Along with its field that meets FIFA International requirements, the facility also boasts 10,000 square feet of office and spectator space on two levels.

An exercise room and large gymnasium round out the facility.

The $11 million it cost to build it was raised through a private investor group.

The article from below is from before the facility was built. 

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Calgary soccer club reveals plans for $11 million facility
Foothills Soccer Club to build new multi-sport training facility in the southeast

Elite athletes looking for a place to train in the winter might have found their state-of-the-art stomping ground.

Calgary Foothills Soccer Club announced plans to build a new $10 million training facility in southeast Calgary that will feature 80,000 square feet of high quality turf – perfect for athletes limited to training in the summer months.

According to Danny Hay, the program’s director for Foothills Soccer, the club will only be using the space 70 per cent of the time, and he is looking open up the space for sports like football, field hockey, and ultimate Frisbee. 

The new facility, which is currently under construction, will feature an international-size soccer pitch and be completed by January 2017.

The goal is to emulate the model of Scandinavian teams, who have found success on the international soccer scene despite their cold climate and relatively small populations.

“By having this facility it allows us the flexibility to train like an outdoor team but in the confines of the winter season,” said Tommy Wheeldon Jr., the club’s technical director.

Wheeldon Jr. pointed to the success of Iceland’s men’s team who defeated England in the UEFA Euro Championships this year.

According to Danny Hay, the program’s director for Foothills Soccer, the project also makes sense from a business perspective.  Instead of having to purchase gym space and travel to play at quality facilities, the club will pay rent to private investors over the next 30 years.

“We’ve gotten to be a big enough club that it’s enough to pay a commercial rate of rent to some investors.  Instead of putting money in an RSP or a mutual fund, they can make a decent rate of return by putting it into something that benefits the Calgary community.”

The facility represents a positive step forward for soccer in Calgary, with the ultimate goal of one day fielding a Major League Soccer team –North America’s soccer equivalent to the NHL. 
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« Reply #1 on: Fri, 23-Mar-18 @ 02:00:45PM »
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Saw it a few months ago, impressive turf field and facility. Calgary minor football needs a complex similar to Foothills. 
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« Reply #2 on: Fri, 23-Mar-18 @ 02:35:04PM »
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Foothills did a great job with it, even putting as many windows in as possible to get some natural light during the day on the field
well planned
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ChapsHo
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« Reply #3 on: Fri, 23-Mar-18 @ 05:48:38PM »
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good old England ingenuity far better than they can do in the colonies
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« Reply #4 on: Sun, 25-Mar-18 @ 08:39:16PM »
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Rumor is one of the fields at Shouldice, Hellard will be covered for 2019 winter, similar to Foote Field in Edmonton

at this point it is a rumour though
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