Trufant, Tacoma Stars to join celebration of new athletic field
March 1, 2016
All-weather field near STAR Center ready for soccer, football, lacrosse and more
In a demonstration of its versatility, Metro Parks Tacoma's newest athletic field will host soccer and football activities on its first day, including fun with professional soccer players from the Tacoma Stars and former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.
Everyone is invited to join the party at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, when Metro Parks officially opens its $3.4 million Multipurpose Field on the South End Recreation and Adventure (SERA) campus. Autographs will be available from 1:45 to 2 p.m.
The grand opening festivities will feature appearances by Tacoma Stars players: defender Adam West and goalkeeper Christopher Kintz.
Trufant grew up in Tacoma and played college football for Washington State University before being chosen by the Seahawks 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He later played with the Jackson Jaguars but in 2014 signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Seahawk.
He also founded and coaches for Northwest Cougars.
“I’m excited to be a part of the grand opening of the SERA field at the STAR Center,” Trufant said. “Our mission with the Northwest Cougars youth athletics program is to use athletics as a vehicle to develop relationships with the youth and parents in our community. To accomplish this mission, facilities that are local and available are a must. This is why the SERA field is such a big win for the youth in the Tacoma area. I hope to see more facilities like this open in the near future.”
Park Board President Erik Hanberg and Commissioner Aaron Pointer will open the field during a short ceremony. Pointer, who has called Tacoma home since 1972, began a professional baseball career in the 1960s with the Houston Colt .45’s organization and later enjoyed a 17-year career as an NFL referee.
After the ceremony, the field will be split in half for football and soccer demonstrations and drills, with the Stars leading the soccer side and Trufant leading the football side. Free miniature footballs and soccer balls will be distributed along with 200 free STAR Center water bottles. Refreshments will be available inside the nearby STAR Center. STAR Center’s Treetops Playgrounds will be open to the public for free from noon to 6 p.m. (parents must be in this indoor playground with their children; for more information, see metroparkstacoma.org/treetops.
Attendees should park in the new lot that runs parallel to South Adams Street, just north of South 66th Street. The Multipurpose Field is east of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Topping Hope Center, south of the SERA baseball fields and north of STAR Center and the SERA play area and sprayground.
Already, Metro Parks is accepting requests for use of the new field. To schedule your game, call Roy Fletcher at 253-305-1025.
Funds from the 2014 capital improvement bond approved by voters in 2014 helped pay for the field. Other funding sources were the state Department of Commerce, the state Recreation and Conservation Office and the Greater Metro Parks Foundation.
Private donations came from the Baker Foundation, the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, the Dimmer Family Foundation, the D.V. and Ida McEachern Charitable Trust, Metro Parks Tacoma employees, the Names Family Foundation, the Norcliffe Foundation and Totem Ocean Trailer Express.
- Click here to learn more about Tacoma Stars.
- Click here to learn more about NW Cougars.
- Learn more about SERA Multipurpose Field.
- Michael Thompson, Public Information Officer, (253) 305-1092; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kristi Evans, Project Manager, (253) 305-1054; email@example.com
Photos Courtesy Marcus Trufant and Tacoma Stars