Sportscore Two named ‘Soccer Complex of the Year’

In a prestigious national competition, the Rockford Park District’s newest soccer complex, Sportscore Two, has been named Soccer Field Complex of the Year in the Parks Division for 2005 by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).

Sportscore Two won first place in the Schools/Parks division. Other awards include Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., winning first place in Collegiate, and INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., taking top honors for the Professional category.

“We’re known to have excellent turf conditions at both Sportscore complexes, and it was a big part of our winning the America in Bloom contest this past summer. The athletes certainly enjoy playing on our ‘field of dreams’ as they compete in tournaments, and now the professionals at Sports Turf Managers Association have verified it through this award program,” reported Steve Roser, maintenance supervisor—Sportscore Complexes, who is primarily responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the fields.

Steve Roser will travel to Orlando, Fla., to receive the award on Jan. 20, 2006, at the STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Sportscore Two will be featured on the front cover of the August 2006 edition of Sports Turf magazine.

The STMA Field of the Year Award program started in 1992. The District’s original Sportscore One Complex received the honor in 1995. There are five field types for which awards may be given: baseball, football, soccer, softball and complex. For each field type, awards may be given in three categories: professional, collegiate and schools/parks. To be considered for the Complex of the Year Award, the facility must have a minimum of four fields and host a minimum of three different sports.

“The Field of the Year Award validates the great work of our members,” says Kim Heck, CEO of the Sports Turf Managers Association, the sponsoring organization of the award. “This honor is one of only a handful that the Association awards to recognize quality sports field management. Steve Roser’s experience and expertise is definitely reflected in the award-winning playing condition of Sportscore Two fields,” said Heck.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2005, issue

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