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Chippewa Strikers break ground on future soccer complex

Lake Hallie (WQOW) — As the popularity of soccer grows in the United States, so does the need for playing fields. Friday, the Chippewa Strikers held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new soccer complex.

The Strikers struck a deal with Lake Hallie to build a soccer field at Hallie Park. They hope to have the project completed by the fall and have the fields ready for play by next summer of 2020. Organizers said they are about two-thirds of the way to their fund raising goal of $960,000.

According to the President of the Strikers Club, Ryan Normand, the amount of fields depend on the participation throughout the youth soccer organization. He said there could be five high school fields or eighteen under-ten fields.

“I can’t even put to words how exciting it actually is I’m very excited for our players, for our kids. Cause they’ll be utilizing these more than I am and this is for them so to have good solid fields and a home for our club. I’m excited for them,” Normand said.

The Strikers previously played their games at Casper Park and Chippewa Associated School District fields, such as Stillson Elementary and Halmstad Elementary School.  

Geoff Daley

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