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Phone: 360.337.4598
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 30, 2013
Contact: Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations
Kitsap County Parks Department
360.337.5371 or bschmidt@co.kitsap.wa.us

Jim Dunwiddie, Director
Kitsap County Parks Department
360.337.5350 or jdunwiddie@co.kitsap.wa.us

Robin Waite, Kitsap Pumas
360.337.6008 or robinw@kitsapsoccerclub.com
No: 13-053

Kitsap Pumas kick off at Gordon Field  June 1

(Bremerton, WA) – Kitsap County Parks Department is hosting a pre-game celebration June 1 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the first Kitsap Pumas game at the newly renovated Gordon Field. County Commissioners Josh Brown, Rob Gelder, and Charlotte Garrido will speak at the celebration highlighting the community partners that worked together to build the field into a stadium before the Pumas match against the Portland Timbers. Gordon Field is located on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds (1200 NW Fairgrounds Road) in Bremerton, just west of Tabardis Road NW, behind the animal barns on the fairgrounds.

After the pregame celebration Megan Leibold, Miss West Sound, will lead the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem. “This is a great example of our community working together to create an exciting new venue for soccer in Kitsap County,” said Josh Brown, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

The County’s Parks Department and Public Facilities District installed the original synthetic turf, lighting, pervious pavement, and fencing, in 2011. Making the field an appropriate venue for professional soccer was a community endeavor. New bleachers on both sides of the field were donated by Robin Waite, owner of the Pumas. The new bleachers seat 1,200. A new press box is located on the south side of the stadium at midfield.

A new scoreboard was donated by sponsors Orchard Foods and The Doctor’s Clinic. The scoreboard is expected to be in place by kickoff June 1st. Other sponsors include West Sound Orthopaedics and Smith Chiropractic which provide assistance to injured Pumas during and between games. Other enhancements include a canopied concession booth and a separate canopied beer garden at the west side of the field with bleacher seating specifically for fans using these areas. Food and drinks are prohibited in the stands because of the pervious pavement installed under the regular seating.

A new ticket booth is set at the southwest entry to the field, just off the parking lot. There is plenty of Free parking at the Fairgrounds with over 1,900 spaces available. “These improvement, and help from local sponsors, helps us promote Gordon Field as a destination for large tournaments,” said Parks Director, Jim Dunwiddie. “This can help our local economy as fans use hotels and restaurants and visit the local attractions in Kitsap County,” Dunwiddie added.

The completion of the enhancements at Gordon Field is the first phase of the larger picture. Gordon Field # 2, the grass soccer field next to the turf soccer field is the next phase. Improvements, which include new turf, are expected to cost between $800,000 and $1,000,000. “Designers for the first phase built in infrastructure that will lower costs for the second phase when additional funding is available,” said Dunwiddie.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014