Crowdfunding Campaign Announced for Soccer Field in Downtown Lansing

Untitled5Beacon Field will be a 60’ x 120’ soccer field with boards, lights and synthetic turf in the southeast corner of Ferris Park. The project was recently announced by Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and local business and community leaders in the Lansing area soccer community.

Mini soccer fields, like the one to be built in Lansing, were designed by FIFA to serve as a gathering place for youth to play in urban areas in response to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Untitled6

“Soccer is a global sport that bridges communities,” said Bernero in the Beacon Soccer Field Press Release. “With the community’s support, this field located in the heart of downtown Lansing, will be a place where people from all backgrounds can come play a sport they love free of charge.”

Local soccer enthusiast and philanthropist, Scott Dane, has been heavily involved in the Beacon Field project. As the coach of several youth soccer teams, including the Michigan State Men’s Club team, and as the executive director of the Capital Area Soccer League, Dane has worked for over a decade to give those in the Greater Lansing area the chance to play and enjoy soccer.

“There are about 5,000 kids in the Lansing area who currently playing youth Soccer.” Dane said.

Dane said that he hopes the Beacon field will be a quality soccer experience for anyone who wishes to play there.

Bob Trezise, the director of Lansing Area Economic Partnership, hosted a press conference in Ferris Park today along with Dane and Bernero, to announce the plans for Beacon Field.

The project will cost $60,000 and will be funded through a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will launch on April 24, at Lansing United’s season opener.

Photos: Scott Dane