Soccer association asks for better field conditions

Soccer Field Problem

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Area Soccer Association (BASA) is worried they may have to cancel this year's season.

According to Blytheville Parks and Recreation Director Elroy Brown, BASA said the fields were not in a suitable condition.

If the fields are not fixed BASA may have to cancel all games and tournaments at the Sports Complex.

Brown said the issue is the several low spots on the field where players can be injured.

He said the condition is due to wear over the years. The flooding in March made the matter worse.

During the heavy storms in March, almost all of the complex was underwater, which did not help the field.

However, Brown said he does not want anything to be canceled at the complex and is willing to help in any way possible.

He just needs to know specifics of what is needed and how much.

"We don't know how much dirt, if we need to get a surveyor or somebody out here to let us know how much dirt, but we can't just take a stab in the dark," Brown said.

Brown said the department does not have the budget to fix all the problems, but he can help as much as possible.

"We want to do all we can to help the soccer association and to work within our budget and if we have to more some line items around then we are willing to do whatever it takes," Brown said.

He said he knows the importance of soccer season to keep kids in shape and out of trouble.

The soccer season will not start until August or early September, so Brown said there is time to fix the fields.

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