Crowds of youth sports supporters came to Wednesday’s meeting to support “Miracle on Turf: The Rebirth of Moana Stadium Fields,” an effort supported by Reno City Councilmembers Jessica Sferrazza and Sharon Zadra along with the Great Basin Youth Soccer League, Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics and other sports organizations. This project seeks to rebuild athletic fields as a first step toward transforming the Moana Site into a multi-use complex featuring a modern aquatics facility, soccer fields, baseball fields and other community amenities.
Meanwhile, the council directed staff to bring back a plan to demolish the stadium, as well as information about how the city might conduct the Miracle on Turf project. Staff is to work with on getting the permits to demolish the stadium and bring the issue back to council in a few months to give time to identify the necessary funds to pay for the demolition. Staff is to sell any material of value that exists on site, according to city spokesman Chris Good.
Moana Stadium embodies the state’s and region’s economic challenges; it is literally a crumbling building and has become the target of vandalism, making it an eyesore for the neighborhood.
During the weekend of June 2 and 3, the Miracle on Turf effort plans to converge on a portion of the site and begin the transformation into a series of athletic fields for use for soccer, rugby, football and other sports. This project will complement the mission to construct the future multigenerational aquatics center next door, a collaborative effort by groups including the City of Reno and Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics.
Sferrazza and Zadra have enlisted support from a variety of leaders, including Sens . Harry Reid and Dean Heller, Rep. Mark Amodei, Gov. Brian Sandoval, Washoe County Commissioners Kitty June and Bonnie Weber and many others.
The Peppermill Hotel Casino and Spa and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa have each committed to contribute $10,000. Tax deductible donations can be sent directly to Great Basin Youth Soccer League, a nonprofit organization. Mark your donation “Moana Stadium Fields.”
For more information, visit www.gbysl.org.