Bernero: Crowdfunding Plan To Pay For Downtown Soccer Field

(WLNS) – Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is reaching out to the world to help pay for a downtown soccer field.

The mayor rolled out a plan to raise $200,000 to build Beacon Field, a public soccer field that would be placed in the southeast corner of Ferris Park in downtown Lansing. Beacon Field will be a 60 x 120 foot synthetic turf enclosed field that will be free to use. It’s designed to be low maintenance and for nearly year-round use.

“Soccer is a global sport that bridges communities,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “With the community’s support this field, located in the heart of downtown Lansing, will be a place where people from all backgrounds can come play a sport they love.”

To help reach that total goal a $60,000 crowdfunding campaign will be launched on Patronicity.com. By using the crowdfunding source, Beacon Field organizers also plan to apply for a state grant. That grant provides a one-to-one match if the Patronicity campaign reaches its goal. That crowdfunding campaign will officially kick off on April 24 at the Lansing United soccer game. From that date organizers will have one month to reach the $60,000 crowdfunding goal.

There is already corporate support with Emergent Biosolutions donating $10,000 and Jackson National Life committing to give $20,000 to the fundraising effort. The idea for Beacon Field is modeled after mini soccer fields built in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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