SOCCER FOR A CAUSE
San Antonio, Texas | 2010
The S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex was commissioned by local philanthropist, Gordon Hartman, for a purpose greater than soccer itself. Sponsored by Toyota, S.T.A.R., short for South Texas Area Regional, is one of the premier soccer field tournament complexes in South Texas and exists to help fund local and worldwide Special Needs causes.
The 14 field complex was created in 2009 to not only to give the local and regional soccer communities a premier destination to hone their skills, but to also intentionally raise funds for next door Morgan's Wonderland, the world's first Ultra-Accessible theme park which admits all Special Needs individuals and their families free of charge.
The complex is host to local soccer leagues of all age groups throughout each week, as well as regional, UIL, NCAA, and USSF soccer tournaments. The complex boasts 14 natural grass soccer fields, 13 of which are sized to meet FIFA International soccer match requirements at 70 yds X 110 yds. All 14 fields have sports field lighting and irrigation and an in-ground storm drain system over the entire site controls rainwater. A number of the fields are designated as the professional practice fields of the San Antonio Scorpions professional soccer franchise of the NASL.
Since the complex was designed to host major tournaments, a building with administrative offices and ticket booths is at the main point of entry to the facility. An enclosed walk-in concessions building allows players and families to take a break from the South Texas heat. The concrete walkways that connect all 14 fields give access to a picnic plaza with nearby permanent restroom facilities. A significant majority of the 52+ acre site in an abandoned stone quarry was cut out of a natural hill creating a 40+ foot tall backdrop that surrounds almost half of the site. Creatively, the hillside was used to create quarry stone riser seating for the championship soccer field.