Homestead opens new soccer fields with a gap ceremony
Homestead soccer fans had a lot to celebrate last Friday when the City of Homestead, in partnership with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) autumn season opening ceremony, inaugurated the new soccer fields at the Homestead Sports Complex. More than 800 young athletes, their families and members of the Homestead community came out to tour the new fields and kick off the next football season at the brand new facility.
The evening began with food trucks and music as the families arrived and the soccer players explored the new fields – engaging in friendly fights and adding to the festive atmosphere. As the crowd increased, the opening ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Homestead Police Explorers honor guard and the national anthem sung by Shonda Roberts with Acapella. Then the parade of the AYSO teams began. Each team carried a festive banner and marched with pride as they came to the front of the field and filled up on either side of the stage, where the Mayor of Homestead, councilors and town councilor happily applauded and cheered.
After brief comments from the audience, the young AYSO player JJ Sanchez had the honor of opening the field with a first goal. As the crowd counted down, he scored the first official goal of the season on the new fields to thunderous applause.
Renovation of the new soccer fields at the Homestead Sports Complex began in June and resulted in lighted soccer fields with irrigation and Bermuda grass for year-round resilience. For more information on all of Homestead’s parks and facilities, please visit www.cityofhomestead.com/parks.
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