Operated by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club and named in honor of the lead donor for the project, the Iowa West Sports Plex is a 75,000 square foot indoor turf facility with the ability to accommodate multiple young athletes from sports including soccer, baseball and softball with potential for flag football, rugby, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and more. The facility offers additional space for speed and agility training to athletes of all ages and a full service athletic training room. The artificial turf is the size of one regulation youth 11v11 soccer field with the ability to be separated into multiple smaller field configurations.
During practice times, parents are encouraged to stay and network with each other by utilizing the flexible spaces. The concession stand just off the entry provides families the option to grab a bite to eat without having to leave the facility. The upstairs mezzanine area has bleachers as well as bench seating with a bird's eye view of the action and cafe tables for parents to sit and work. The space is designed to encourage conversation and congregation spaces. Outside of the field partition wall on the main level, bleachers and additional cafe seating encourages visitors to stay and connect. As one parent has shared, "Some of my best friends were made on the sidelines of my kids' activities". We hope to provide a location and gathering space for future connections just as these.
"This is a place for fellowship, friendly competition, and above all, good sportsmanship. Future state and national champions will play here. Future leaders will play here. Let our voices be raised in praise and encouragement.
Personal responsibility means we set a good example for the young players who play here. The referees and coaches are here to give their best efforts. Give them your thanks and appreciation. When the game is over, win or lose, be thankful for the opportunity for healthy competition, for lessons learned from team efforts, and for the enjoyment of time spent together."
Iowa West Foundation