NDP MLA Mike Farnworth announces $6.7M for state-of-the-art soccer hub at Gates Park
PORT COQUITLAM – New Democrat MLA Mike Farnworth says new provincial funding for the construction of a soccer hub in Port Coquitlam will benefit local businesses as well as soccer players of all ages. The complex will include a synthetic turf field built to FIFA standards for international competition, complete with lighting, covered grandstand and team benches, synthetic turf warmup areas, and a public plaza for community events.
“This new world-class facility will open the door for Port Coquitlam to host provincial, national and even international soccer matches, bringing more visitors to our local businesses,” said Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam. “Inspired by the success of our Canadian national teams, and supported by outstanding local programs, young players will also have a space to practice, play, and grow their skills.”
Provincial funding of $6.7 million is being provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The City of Port Coquitlam and B.C. Soccer are each committing $2.5 million to the project, and Port Coquitlam Euro-Rite FC Soccer is contributing $500,000.
“It’s a very exciting day for our community. This support from the provincial government will allow us to move forward with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art soccer hub at Gates Park. This world class facility will not only provide Port Coquitlam’s young athletes and players of all ages in soccer and other field sports an unparalleled experience, it will also create a number of spinoff benefits as we have the opportunity to showcase our city’s potential for hosting matches and events in the lead up to the 2026 World Cup,” Mayor Brad West said. “Coming off of the success of Canada’s national soccer teams, this will be a tremendous community asset that will support everyone from the next generation of high-level athletes who aspire to represent our country to those who are looking to stay active throughout their life, and every level in between.”
The facility will also include a two-storey building housing B.C. Soccer’s headquarters, as well as office space for Port Coquitlam Euro-Rite FC Soccer along with storage space and public washrooms. An agreement with B.C. Soccer would see about 80 per cent of field time reserved for local soccer groups, and 20 per cent for B.C. Soccer programing, events, and tournaments.
After years of BC Soccer Board, staff and membership aspiration and hard work, BC Soccer is pleased that the long search for a new home has finally landed in Port Coquitlam. “Gates Park sits right in the middle of a large concentration of soccer participants, the location is very central and already full of sport amenities.” said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “It is very exciting to have a soccer specific home that affords us the opportunities and exposure to progress soccer forward in B.C. We are thankful to the City of Port Coquitlam and the B.C. Government for their support to help us achieve this important goal.”“Having a soccer specific home of BC Soccer has been a goal for many years, and I am pleased to have been part of the group that has help make it happen,” said BC Soccer Board First Vice President and Board Member, Carlos Grosso.
Construction at the site is expected to begin in 2022 and would involve the redevelopment of about four hectares (10 acres) at the west end of the popular 15-hectare (37-acre) athletic park, which features multiple grass and synthetic turf fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts and other amenities.