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On the Agenda: Maryland Soccer Foundation

A year in review for the Maryland SoccerPlex, as the nonprofit that runs it presents its annual report to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

Maryland Soccer Foundation Inc. will present its annual report to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday. The nonprofit operates the in Boyds under a 40-year lease with the Maryland-National Capital, Park and Planning Commission. 

Primarily a soccer venue, the 162-acre facility opened in 2000 at a cost of $28 million — 60 percent from public funds, 40 percent from private funds. The Foundation has since invested $7.2 million, according to the report the Soccer Foundation submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

2011 at a glance:

  • Erratic weather posed scheduling challenges — record high temperatures in July;  Hurricane Irene in August; Tropical Storm Lee in September; two inches of snow at the end of October — which lead to a spike in the number of local soccer league games had to be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Crazy weather aside, the stadium field was awarded “Field of the Year” by the Sports Turf Managers Association, for the Schools and Parks category.
  • made its debut for Halloween. Under an arrangement with the event’s producers, the parks department and Maryland Soccer Foundation would receive a percentage of admissions revenue, ultimately amounting to a net of little more than $10,0000, each.
  • The Foundation introduced a girl’s lacrosse league — Washington Area Lacrosse League (WALL). There is talk of expanding the league and adding another girl’s tournament.
  • A peek at the future: The SoccerPlex will host the ACC Men’s Soccer Championships Nov. 9-11, 2012. The venue hosted the event in 2006, according to the report.

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