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6/22/09

Soccer supporters expected to state case to council Tuesday

By Nicole Pesecky - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After ten years of lobbying, soccer supporters are not giving up. Tuesday, they will state their case in front of the Lubbock City Council. They say the Berl Huffman complex where they currently play is in bad shape.

The Citizen's Advisory Committee says they deserve some of the $10.2 million that would be designated for all parks and rec, which includes 54 new soccer fields, concession and restroom facilities.

Most soccer players and fans are frustrated with the fields at the Berl Huffman Complex. One reason why seems to be that prairie dogs are fonder of the fields than the participants.

Billy Babcock, the president of the Lubbock Soccer Association says, "We've been through this in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and it's been a hard battle but the kids we are representing are worth it."

Soccer supporters are frustrated with the end result - vacant land and no goals being scored. When you tour the Berl Huffman complex site, you'll see rusted out goals, several critters running around, a jam packed parking lot during game times and unlevel playing fields.

"The four & five year olds area they play in, there are no restrooms there's no running water," Babcock explains. The bathrooms provided aren't enough for the 3,000 players that use the field. Babcock isn't giving up hope, "I think we can keep after them and get something done for those kids."

And that's just what they're trying to do, as soccer parents and supporters once again will make their case to council on Tuesday. We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as it becomes available. 

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