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Discussion in 'United Soccer Leagues' started by ButlerBob, Jan 5, 2012.
Here's the thread for this year.
Now let's get a stadium and a schedule and we're in business
DM of Penn Live running mini-articles on Isle's players and their off season.
it looks like the soccer stadium was untouched or was that just a practice field...what am I missing from the pic?
Ive been told that photo was before the water rose even more as rain from upstream continued to flood the area.
Thanks Mikey, any idea if their baseball team will also be forced from their home park as well this season? Just curious. Would most folks rather they play at Hershey rather than at a local high school?
SkyLine looks ok, but already scruffy grass pitch was saturated; just barely escaping total flooding. The parking lots on City Island reportedly were just finally cleared and are now useful. Don't know about the garage but that may be open too.
City and press are being rather quiet about repairs.
Can't find anyting on repairs to Metro Park or SkyLine. Personally, I would just as soon have the Islanders play elsewhere as there is little hope that (substandard facilities of) SkyLine will be upgraded anytime in the near future (years), let alone be playable in the spring when the rains return.
I suspect Metro will get more attention given the investment the State and City have in it.
Thanks Buzz, much appreciated. Keep us updated, I love a good mystery as to where your baseball and soccer teams are going to end up playing this year!!!
Maybe they were smart enough to get flood insurance on both? They are on an island in the middle of a river, after all.
Which makes it 10x harder to get flood insurance
You'd think a municipality would be able to pull some strings. Especially a capital city.
or much more likely virtually impossible...
Maybe if they lived in a van, down by the river....
What strings would those be? Convince an insurance company to say "Okay, we know you have an island there in a middle of a river, but if that river ever floods, it's on us, no problem?"
Yeah, that's what insurance companies do. They're all about helping you out.
Or another pop culture reference you've missed.
Chris Farley salutes you sir!
Yeah, the Feds don't offer much either (e.g., Fed flood insurance on a home tops at $100k). PLus there are deductibles and limits based on the reasons for flooding. Consequently, many public entities "try" to self-insure some of these risks, but a City that is millions in debt has little hope of recovering much from insurance or even having any reserves in its self insurance to pay for repairs, restoration, etc.
On a brighter note, another city in serious but stable debt, Pittsburgh, has managed to come up with a couple of deep pocket sponsors to BUILD A SOCCER STADIUM downtown in a pretty cool location. It's to be ready this summer and could help them immensely. However, it is DOWN BY THE RIVER . . . . . . . . Another disaster waiting to happen?
That depends. What's the history of flooding in Pittsburgh? Having been there, I know there's pretty high ground around the Three Rivers convergence.
It's in the middle of 3 rivers, they have flooding from time to time. But the area where they are builing stadium is doesn't usually flood. The the funny thing is that there is a parking lot by the Mon that pretty much floods every year. And every year a few cars get flooded
And for expecting help from the city of Harrisburg, not very likely since they are now being run by the state because of their finanacial issues.
Privately funded to the tune of 7.5 million if I read correctly. I dont know that there is any public money going into that stadium.
Station Square is a historic location with a lot of development. The stadium is building over the footprint of an amphitheatre and a parking lot that have been there for years. This is likely not something where the risks arent known and calculated.
It has been said it's privately-funded. And the stadium will be used for more than just soccer, which I have to believe was part of the sales job used on the entities who are kicking in the $7+ million.
There have been discussion before about not keeping up with Skyline, OR, more interestingly, leasing or selling the complex. I seriously doubt that Metro Bank park would see the same fate as Skyline given the investment in recent years, but an arrangement of some kind could be to the city's benefit financially.
Draft of the 2012 schedule I saw has the City Islanders playing at Skyline in 2012, I guess we should have the exact details any minute now, but I'm confused since I thought Skyline's state of disrepair was what held up the schedules in the first place.
4/20 at. Charlotte Eagles (Charlotte Christian Stadium)
4/21 at. Wilmington Hammerheads (Legion Stadium)
5/04 vs. Charlotte Eagles (Skyline Sports Complex)
5/12 at. Richmond Kickers (City Stadium)
5/16 vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Skyline Sports Complex)
5/19 vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (Skyline Sports Complex)
5/25 vs. Rochester Rhinos (Skyline Sports Complex)
6/01 vs. Richmond Kickers (Skyline Sports Complex)
6/09 vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (Skyline Sports Complex)
6/15 vs. Rochester Rhinos (Skyline Sports Complex)
6/22 at. Orlando City (Florida Citrus Bowl)
6/23 at. Charleston Battery (Blackbaud Stadium)
6/30 at. Rochester Rhinos (Sahlen's Stadium)
7/06 at. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Chartiers Valley High School)
7/07 vs. Antigua Barracuda FC (Skyline Sports Complex)
7/13 vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (Skyline Sports Complex)
7/18 at. Dayton Dutch Lions (Miami Valley South Stadium)
7/20 at. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Chartiers Valley High School)
7/28 vs. Los Angeles Blues (Skyline Sports Complex)
8/01 vs. Orlando City (Skyline Sports Complex)
8/08 vs. Charleston Battery (Skyline Sports Complex)
8/11 at. Richmond Kickers (City Stadium)
8/17 at. Los Angeles Blues (Cal State Fullerton)
8.19 at. Los Angeles Blues (Cal State Fullerton)
But was that before the turn of 2012?