Privateers excited to hear Charlottetown exploring football field

Dave Stewart
Published on December 1, 2016

Charlottetown Coun. Mitchell Tweel gestures as he speaks at a city council meeting in this file photo.

©Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A coach with the Charlottetown Privateers football program is following the city’s fact-finding mission on a new turf field extremely closely.

Vernon MacIntyre is pleased the City of Charlottetown awarded a $43,700 contract to CBCL Ltd. to look at potentially putting in a new artificial turf field.

MacIntyre said the Privateers have about $20,000 set aside for a new field and would be thrilled to spend it on this.

Coun. Mitch Tweel, chairman of the city’s parks and recreation committee, has suggested the Simmons location between Colonel Gray and Queen Charlotte schools would be the ideal location for a new turf field for football.

“When we heard ‘turf field’ and Mitch mentioned that Simmons is one of the possible locations that would be perfect for us,’’ Macintyre said Thursday. “Our kids are (from) Colonel Gray, Charlottetown Rural, Queen Charlotte and Stonepark. Putting a field there is just fantastic.’’

MacIntyre points out there are plenty of fields in the greater Charlottetown area but they’re all designed for soccer, or are constantly booked by soccer teams.

He suggested building a regulation-sized football field would open up the door to major possibilities for Charlottetown.

“We’re trying to get an actual football field so we can do something more than just soccer. We could get some (university games) games over here.’’

MacIntyre stressed the Privateers have no intention of being the only users of a potential regulation-sized football field.

“We know we’re only one organization. We don’t want to hog it.’’

Tweel said an artificial turf field for football is long overdue for Charlottetown.

“This gives us an opportunity to expand our fall season programs,’’ Tweel said. “It gives us more longevity and we’re able to effectively combat the weather elements.’’

Tweel would like to model a field in Charlottetown after the one at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.

“Both those fields are widely used by the community, not just varsity. That is the benchmark because they truly are multi-purpose fields.’’

MacIntyre would like to see people in Charlottetown rally around the idea.

“Let’s talk about a football field and try and get some energy going to football in Charlottetown because, right now, it’s falling off. Holland College is doing well but every other level seems to be falling off a little bit and we’re just trying to get that energy up.’’