FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kitsap Pumas kick off at Gordon Field June
(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,”
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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