Football fields coming to Cedar Rapids' Tuma soccer complex

Fields to open for public use Sept. 7

(The Gazette)
(The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The city is adding two football fields to its Tuma Sports Complex, which has featured 32 soccer fields with pavilion, concession stand and restrooms.

The addition at the 110-acre sports site at C Avenue NE and County Home Road NE is part of a partnership between the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Metro Youth Football Association.

Gail Loskill, the department’s communications coordinator, said Thursday that the association contributed about $100,000 to pay to grade and seed the new fields at the Tuma complex and to add scoreboards and goal posts. The city department extended the existing irrigation system to the two football fields at a cost of $18,000, Loskill said.

The two football fields will open for use at 1 p.m. Sunday after an opening ceremony.

“The partnership with Metro Youth Football has made it possible to provide additional sports programs for kids at the Tuma Sports Complex,” said Sven Leff, the city’s director of parks and recreation. ”We’re thrilled to see the facility expand.”

Jim Angstman, president of the Metro Youth Football Association, said the city department’s willingness to work with the association turned the football project into reality.

Metro Youth Football will receive priority for the use of the two football fields during flag football season in the spring and tackle football season in the fall. The city will use the fields for public recreation programs when Metro Youth Football is not scheduled to use them. The fields will not be in use during scheduled weekend soccer tournaments.

The Tuma complex was built in 1998 on a 110-acre site. The complex also is provides a place for cross-country running and ultimate Frisbee.

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