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These action shots were taken at the Home Season Opener on September 24, 2011.
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VA DESTROYERS Opening Day for the 2011 Inaugural Season on Saturday, September 24, 2011
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The Virginia Beach Sportsplex, first opened in 1999, started as the home of the Virginia Beach Mariners soccer team, but will now also be home to the Virginia Destroyers. When constructed, the Sportsplex was the first American soccer-specific stadium, but has since been upgraded to accommodate many other sports. The grass field was replaced with NFL quality artificial turf in 2009. The improvement allowed for a wide range of sporting events including soccer, football, and lacrosse. More renovations are underway as the Sportsplex prepares to host UFL football. The stadium has more than 6,000 permanent seats, but the capacity will increase when approximately 8,000 temporary seats are added Plans also call for a new multi-media scoreboard.
When the Virginia Beach Sportplex first opened, its playing surface was a grass surface that was state of the art for its time. Technology in athletic playing surfaces has come a long way from those days, and when Hometown Sports Management proposed a rebirth of the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, a key component of that change would be a total upgrade from grass to professional quality turf.
Converting to a better playing surface makes the Sportsplex and all-day and all-year stadium and a truly multi-sport home.
The new turf was developed by “Sportex” is called “PowerBlade HP” and is a state of the art playing surface used by teams like the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints and many other top-level college and professional teams. The playing surface for the Sportsplex qualifies as FIFA 1-Star surface.
The PowerBlade HP synthetic turf system is an amazingly soft and resilient playing surface with the durability you expect in a professional stadium and it will maintain its natural look, amazing softness and high-performance year after year.
With this fantastic playing surface, along with numerous partnerships with multi-sport athletic clubs and teams, from the High School football game of the week to soccer tournaments, the Virginia Beach Sportsplex is poised to be the premier multi-sport facility in Hampton Roads.
The Sportsplex is now a year-round athletic venue hosting soccer, football, rugby and is also available as a training facility. With the help of its strategic partners and sponsors, the Sportsplex will fulfill the vision made a decade ago of being the center of athletic competition for the region.