Anyone who has driven down Arden Ave south of East Highland Ave has seen the huge number of local soccer players and families gathering at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex.
That staple in the San Bernardino community is getting a much needed facelift and is in the process of a multi-million dollar renovation that will improve the experience for the soccer players, coaches and families.
On Saturday, January 23, the City of San Bernardino hosted a soft-opening to promote the complex’s improvements, new partnership with Elmore Sports Group, and establishment of a National Premier Soccer League team, Southern California Sports Club.
The 47 acre facility, which features 17 fields that meet FIFA Standards, is designed to host soccer tournaments and practice for both youth and adult competitions.
The upgraded complex is expected to attract local, regional, national and eventually international tournaments which could help boost local businesses while attracting new businesses to the area.
“Sports gives everyone an opportunity to come together,” Mayor R. Carey Davis told those in attendance. “San Bernardino does a lot to support sports. We have had the Inland Empire 66ers for the past 25 years and Dave (Elmore) has been instrumental in that.”
Dave Elmore, owner and founder of the Elmore Group which owns the 66ers, along with his partner Daniel Gamba, general manager of SoCal Sports Club, took over administrative and management activities of the complex from the city on November 16, 2015.
SoCal Sports Club, a new NPLS team, held tryouts for the team after the press conference and will play six homes at the complex and give the community a local semi-pro team to cheer for.
Gamba announced that SoCal Sports Club will be provided jerseys and gear from Hummel, a Danish sportswear company, for the next five years.
“The city of San Bernardino has been through an interesting past few years,” said Police Chief and Interim City Manager Jarrod Burguan. “One of the things we have strived to create is a different way to provide service. We have done that through a number of partnerships with community folks, the Elmore Group is a perfect example of that. This is the perfect opportunity.”