Despite the canceled season, OKC Energy renovating Taft turf


Renovations that forced an Oklahoma City professional soccer team to cancel its season are finally underway.Crews are working at Taft Stadium, which is owned by Oklahoma City Public Schools but serves as the home of the OKC Energy. What looks like a normal soccer field at Taft isn’t so normal as crews work hard to renovate it. |MORE| Energy FC to suspend play in 2022 due to OKCPS construction project to Taft Stadium“It’s a major benefit for the team to have a new field and a better playing surface,” Energy Chief Operating Officer Jeff Kretchmar said. Field renovations are causing Energy FC to cancel the 2022 season and the players to leave.” “Everybody’s out on loan with other teams or they took other contracts,” he said.But players say they can’t wait to come back and take on the new turf.”We’re just so ecstatic, not only for ourselves but for our city and for our fan base who deserves to have soccer come back for the 2023 season,” Kretchmar said. He said the old turf was seven years old and caused problems.”The ball was very bouncy on it, it was a very tough surface. We were having a lot of injuries with players and in general — not a surface that teams really wanted to come play on,” he said.And the renovations will bring a better game and better experience.”They use it for Taft Junior High, for Northwest Classen and for a few other schools as well,” he said. “It’s just a fantastic venue for the city of Oklahoma City because so much of the community gets to utilize it.”

Renovations that forced an Oklahoma City professional soccer team to cancel its season are finally underway.

Crews are working at Taft Stadium, which is owned by Oklahoma City Public Schools but serves as the home of the OKC Energy.

What looks like a normal soccer field at Taft isn’t so normal as crews work hard to renovate it.

|MORE| Energy FC to suspend play in 2022 due to OKCPS construction project to Taft Stadium

“It’s a major benefit for the team to have a new field and a better playing surface,” Energy Chief Operating Officer Jeff Kretchmar said.

Field renovations are causing Energy FC to cancel the 2022 season and the players to leave.

“Everybody’s out on loan with other teams or they took other contracts,” he said.

But players say they can’t wait to come back and take on the new turf.

“We’re just so ecstatic, not only for ourselves but for our city and for our fan base who deserves to have soccer come back for the 2023 season,” Kretchmar said.

He said the old turf was seven years old and caused problems.

“The ball was very bouncy on it, it was a very tough surface. We were having a lot of injuries with players and in general — not a surface that teams really wanted to come play on,” he said.

And the renovations will bring a better game and better experience.

“They use it for Taft Junior High, for Northwest Classen and for a few other schools as well,” he said. “It’s just a fantastic venue for the city of Oklahoma City because so much of the community gets to utilize it.”

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