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There used to be an indoor soccer field in the Gordon Road area. Why did it close?

Tom Grady

The previous operator of the indoor soccer facility in the Dutch Square Industrial Park closed it down and it reportedly remained closed for soccer until the Port City Soccer Club reopened the site as Off The Wall in the spring of 2011.

As of March 15, Off The Wall has a new manager, Janine Blaisdell. A men’s league has been playing there since last year.

But Blaisdell explained that since it was directly associated with a single youth program, players from other leagues had not being using the field. She is now planning to start league play during months when local clubs such as Port City Soccer, Cape Fear Soccer and the Pleasure Island Soccer Association are not engaged in their regular seasons.

“So I’m taking it over and it’s unaffiliated with any outdoor club,” Blaisdell said, adding she is unaware of how long the site was closed before Port City Soccer reopened it.

Off The Wall still features a men’s league with 11 teams and two divisions. A new indoor youth league is set to kickoff in May, for U10 through U18 players.

“We’re looking to compliment and supplement the outdoor leagues,” Blaisdell said. She is also scheduling birthday parties and hopes to form a women’s league.

On Sunday afternoons, players age U8 to U11 are invited to participate in open play and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays players in the U12 to U15 range can engage in open play sessions. The cost is $7 and parents sign a wavier form.

“There are at least five facilities in the Triangle area that do indoor soccer,” she said. “I love sports personally. I’ve got three kids. They all play, to one extent or another and I just think it’s going to be fun.

“If they come out there, I can guarantee your kid will be tired; tongue hanging out, ready-to-lay-on-the-ground tired when they’re done.”

For more information, go to PlayOffTheWall.com.

On a side note: If memory serves, there used to be another indoor soccer facility in the North Chase Industrial Park. I played there on a couple of occasions, in my younger years – at least when my knees were younger.

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4 Responses to “ There used to be an indoor soccer field in the Gordon Road area. Why did it close?”

  1. On March 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm Doug wrote:

    So does Port City Soccer Club own it or is it privately owned by Janine Blaisdell?

  2. On March 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm Tom Grady wrote:

    The building is owned by a third party.
    Blaisdell indicated it is no longer affiliated with any local outdoor soccer association.

  3. On March 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm Joe wrote:

    Is this another PSC deal? I am not convinced that May will be a good month to play indoor. I gets hot and kids want to be outdoor…..best to you!

  4. On April 2, 2012 at 8:44 am Janine Blaisdell wrote:

    I own it personally. Port City Soccer no longer has any affiliation with Off The Wall.

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