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Moose Jaw Soccer

Soccer Fields in Moose Jaw

Prior to 1990 Moose Jaw had 7 regulation sized soccer pitches and 4 mini pitches located at Smith park, Regal Heights, the VLA, Kinsmen arena, Sunningdale and Caribou Heights.

Between 1990 and 2004 Moose Jaw constructed another 7 regulation sized soccer pitches at the Kinsmen, Western Canada Summer Games, Lyndale School and Canada Summer Games.

As you can see, Moose Jaw Soccer has not been underfunded.

Type of Field House

Among initial arguments for building the multiplex downtown instead of at the 9th Ave. East site was to clean up the downtown land and prevent us from spreading our footprint. When the steering committee report was passed on June 16th, 2008, it removed the soccer component from the original downtown mutliplex plan and banished them to the farthest portion of High Street West in Hamilton Flats. They went from being part of a community project, in an insulated building, to what is referred to as a soft shell soccer field house.

Not much is known about soccer other than this. There was never any public input into the soccer component of the plans. We do know that a typical soft shell soccer facility is fabric covered, and some require a blower pumping air into the building to keep it inflated.

Farley Group Soccer Dome Calgary
The Farley Group. Soccer Bubble Manufacturers.
The picture above is the Calgary soccer dome.

Summit Structures Meridian
Summit Structures

Drawbacks of Soft Shell Facilities

Of course there are numerous drawbacks to a soft shell facility. UV rays, high winds, and other environmental factors weaken the fabric and reduce the life expectancy. Vandalism is another problem. Power failures can cause a deflation of the bubble type structure which requires fans of constant pressure to keep inflated. Re-inflation can take several days if a bubble is deflated. In Calgary, which has a much milder winter than Moose Jaw, a heavy snow completely collapsed their dome leaving hundreds of games rescheduled and the entire co-ed soccer season cancelled.

Calgary soccer dome collapse )image courtesy CTV)

Calgary soccer bubble dome collapses
Calgary Soccer Centre dome collapse - watch the video
Fate of soccer bubble to be decided

Paying to operate the soccer dome

The City failed to provide the projected operating costs for soccer along with their package to Ottawa for funding. When requested by one Councillor it took 3 months to get a reply. The projected operating budget is as follows (Feb. 23, 2009)

Projected cost $8 million
Anticipated revenue $66,500 per year
Revenue broken down

  • in field rental (soccer) $27,000
  • walking track rental $12,500
  • other rentals $27,000 (based on Yorkton's projected)

Natural Gas (for heating) $13,500

For comparison, an average older 2 story home in Moose Jaw of 800 square feet pays about $2500 a year for natural gas.

The Hillcrest, which is smaller than the soccer dome, and much better insulated, budgets $47,719 for natural gas in 2009, used for heating.

The soccer dome is expected to be a minimum of 66,000 square feet, a minimum of 38 feet high with an R value of about 2, uninsulated.

Examining the Claims

How is this possible you ask? A soccer dome that has a fabric roof and is 82.5 times bigger than the house in our example above, pays only 5 times more a year in gas than a house? The soccer dome which is larger and uninsulated, is estimates to pay only 28% of what the Hillcrest curling rink pays per year in heating.

Obviously something is wrong with those numbers.

In our research, soccer domes, some in much milder climates, operated for only 5 months of the year with an indoor air temp of 65F at an outdoor air temp of 0F and the quote received from the bubble manufacturers prior to purchase was anywhere from $47,000 to $106,000 a year for gas to heat.

Charrette report pages 18 and 19