$15M Investment to Bring New State-of-the-Art Soccer Complex to Moore Park in Lafayette | News

Press release from LCG…

LAFAYETTE, La. – A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the Moore Park soccer fields, where construction of a new, state-of-the-art complex is expected to begin within a month. The first phase of the Moore Park Football Complex, worth an investment of $15 million, will feature nine state-of-the-art football pitches, including the main pitch featuring artificial turf, LED sports lighting and the capacity to hold 1,000 people. The remaining fields will contain top-grade Bermuda grass. “I am very excited about another investment in a park on Lafayette’s north side,” said Hollis Conway, director of the Department of Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture. “Moore Park, along with the renovation of Brown Park into a premier baseball and softball complex, will be a game-changer.”

Additional improvements include a photo mural stage that provides a backdrop for awards ceremonies, two traffic calming roundabouts for pedestrian safety, and a playground with comprehensive playground equipment. “A premier soccer complex means a better quality of life for our community. The attractive, complex, first-class stadium will attract teams for regional and national championships, increasing retail, hotel/motel and restaurant revenues,” said Lafayette Mayor Josh Guillory.

Lafayette Travel President and CEO Ben Berthelot added that diversification is necessary for youth tourism to remain Lafayette’s fastest-growing tourism market. “Moore Park has been a gem for many years and, as with any gem, sometimes it takes a little polishing and buffing to allow it to reach its full potential. “This new facility will open up other opportunities such as archery, quidditch and other fast-growing sports.”

This investment in football stadiums will not only benefit the local economy and tourism, but will also have a direct impact on the football clubs. Michael Rich, executive director of the Cajun Rush and LA Krewe Rush, looks forward to Moore Park being a soccer hub for youth and adults. Clubs are thrilled to play in high-quality stadiums that will enhance the overall playing experience. “The new facility will help our members collectively. We look forward to the entertaining and competitive play and the number of tournaments that Lafayette will attract,” he said.

Construction will begin in late September and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. During construction, Moore Park will remain open and the remaining soccer fields will remain untouched. The second phase will include a vehicular bridge and a tenth field.


    (Marks for translation) Local news 

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