Port Arthur hears proposals for new fields, addition of semi-professional soccer team

An Arkansas soccer professional has proposed to the City of Port Arthur for the addition of a minor league soccer team. The plan comes with the construction of a $1.7 million soccer complex.

The complex was proposed at a city council meeting Tuesday night and would be built along 60th Street where abandoned soccer fields stand now.

"We just had the World Cup and you got a chance to see the number of stadiums built in Brazil. Well it would be a very much scaled down version of that with a minor league team that would be housed here in our area," Dr. Albert Thigpen, Director of Parks and Recreation, said.

Council members were not to receptive to the price tag of a new soccer complex.

A new $104,000 cricket field was also proposed. The old field was taken over by two new softball fields at Adams Park. The proposals are ideas as the city begins planning for the upcoming budget year.

No decisions were made on the proposals.


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