FC Tucson’s owners announced the local club’s first event in the new stadium at the ribbon-cutting for the 2,360-seat venue on Wednesday.
The club owners and the Pima County Supervisors who spoke Wednesday agreed that the North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex will boost tourism and the local economy but also, perhaps more importantly, expand sports opportunities for local youth.
“We have seen tremendous, tremendous growth in soccer and the involvement of youth,” said Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez, District 2. “The involvement of our young people … is imperative to a healthy community.”
“It’s a beautiful place,” said Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías, District 5. “It’s going to be even more beautiful when it’s filled with screaming fans.”
Greg Foster, one of FC Tucson’s four owners, praised Pima County for understanding and responding quickly to the opportunity created two years ago when Major League Soccer (MLS) began developing preseason play as a public attraction.
The new stadium is part of Pima County’s conversion of Kino Sports Complex North to a much-needed venue for youth, amateur and professional soccer and other grass sports such as lacrosse and football. It includes the lighted North Stadium (with a ticket booth, concessions area and restrooms), a 1,000-seat lighted North Grandstand field, a clubhouse, four other soccer fields, and parking.
Since 2011, FC Tucson has partnered with Pima County to bring 19 MLS and international teams to Kino Sports Complex to play 27 matches open to the public.
Chivas USA is a subsidiary, or side, of one of Mexico’s most successful and popular MLS teams, Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Tickets for the 7 p.m. match on Nov. 15 are available starting today at www.FCTucson.com.
Later in November, Foster said, Kino Sports Complex, including the North Stadium, will be hosting a 150-team youth and professional lacrosse tournament.
The 155-acre Kino Sports Complex is also home to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium with a seating capacity of 11,000 (8,000 seats and 3,000 grass seating). Kino Sports Complex South also includes seven full-sized practice fields (four with lights); two practice infields; two lighted soccer fields; indoor, outdoor and underground batting cages; three full-service clubhouses; and dedicated parking lots. Visit www.KinoSportsComplex.com or call 520-546-5466.
FC Tucson, established in 2010, is committed to bringing the highest caliber of competitive soccer to Tucson and establishing a successful and long-lasting source of pride for city, county, state and country. FC Tucson owns FC Tucson Soccer, Tucson’s top-level soccer team and the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, a Major League Soccer preseason tournament. In 2012, FC Tucson was named the PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year. To purchase tickets to all FC Tucson events, fans can go to www.FCTucson.com.
See a gallery of North Stadium photos online.