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Masich Place Stadium to open April 15

The recently redeveloped Masich Place Stadium will open to the public and user groups starting on Monday, April 15. On Monday, the public can access the Masich Place track each day from dawn (between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.) to dusk. The duration of public availability is subject to change from day-to-day depending upon Stadium bookings by user groups.

The track will be closed to the public during ticketed events, or when it is deemed hazardous to have multiple groups using the facility at the same time (e.g. football or soccer games). Note, the Stadium is closed on all statutory holidays.

Those interested in using the track are encouraged to check the schedule regularly for up-to-date public track dates and time. The weekly schedule is also posted at the Stadium. Only the track is accessible during public track hours. The latest walking schedule is on the City website. Subscribe to receive updates (select the ‘Active Living’ category under the ‘Events Calendar’) to your email address.

The first outdoor synthetic field in Northern BC

The stadium’s synthetic turf infield allows teams and user groups to access the field earlier in the spring and later into the fall than at other civic fields, which have natural turf. Following spring melting, natural turf takes up to a month to dry out before it is safe for regular play, while synthetic turf takes about a week to be ready.

Usage of the facility has increased by more than 60 percent and regular users of Masich Place Stadium now include the UNBC Timberwolves men’s and women’s soccer teams who will only be using the Stadium starting in August. This year, the first users of the facility will be the Prince George Track and Field Club, Whitecaps Soccer Academy, School District 57, and 7v7 High Performance Football. One of the year’s largest tournaments is expected to be the U-13-18 Boys Soccer Provincials.

It is not anticipated that other city fields, including Rotary Soccer Fields, will be available for use until early May this year.