Provincial Government, City of Port Coquitlam and BC Soccer jointly commit to new soccer hub

MLA Mike Farnworth announces BC Government’s contribution of $6.7M for state-of-the-art soccer hub at Gates Park  

April 22, 2022 –Port Coquitlam BC

The great news keeps coming for soccer in BC!  Following last week’s announcements of Vancouver’s entry into the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2026 bidding process, and a new stadium being developed in Langley to support a new CPL club, today the Provincial Government committed financial support to the City of Port Coquitlam for a facility development project that will see BC Soccer moving its head office to Gates Park in Port Coquitlam.  READ the Government full release.

The facility will become BC Soccer’s new corporate headquarters and provide a centralized location to house the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia, house numerous educational offerings for coaches and referees, host meetings, soccer related events, while also upscaling the home of Poco Euro Right FC.

After years of BC Soccer Board, staff and membership aspiration and hard work, BC Soccer is pleased that the long search for a new home has finally landed in Port Coquitlam. “Gates Park sits right in the middle of a large concentration of soccer participants, the location is very central and already full of sport amenities," said Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director. “It is very exciting to have a soccer specific home that affords us the opportunities and exposure to progress soccer forward in BC. We are thankful to the City of Port Coquitlam and the BC Government for their support to help us achieve this important goal.”   

Having a soccer specific home of BC Soccer has been a goal for many years, and I am pleased to have been part of the group that has help make it happen.”, said BC Soccer Board First Vice President and Board Member, Carlos Grosso.

The City of Port Coquitlam is working to have construction at the site begin in 2022 involving the redevelopment of roughly four hectares (10 acres) at the west end of the popular 15-hectare (37-acre) athletic park, which features multiple grass and synthetic turf fields, along with amenities to include sporting activities outside of soccer.

We’re excited to be able to move forward in partnership with B.C. Soccer, with funding support from the provincial government, for a new state of the art soccer hub in our community,” said Mayor Brad West. “The city and B.C. Soccer have a shared a long-time vision for a new dynamic soccer and community hub at Gates Park. This world class facility will not only provide Port Coquitlam’s young athletes and players of all ages in soccer and other field sports an unparalleled experience, it will also create a number of spinoff benefits to showcase our city’s potential for hosting matches and events in the lead up to the 2026 World Cup.

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About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.