A vision that’s been kicked around for years, the new DE Turf Sports Complex is now reality, and will host it first big event this month: the inaugural Shooting Star Easter field hockey tournament.
The 85-acre, multipurpose complex near Frederica features a dozen synthetic turf fields, including a 700-seat championship stadium. The facility was expected to open at the beginning of April with its own internal programs, offering instructional and functional training for soccer and field hockey, says Chris Giacomucci, executive director.
At press time in mid-February, Giacomucci said all fields were ready for play, with some final preparations still being completed to the overall site. “We need to finish some groundwork, pour some concrete, landscaping,” he says. “We have power and Wi-Fi in our buildings, and goals are being delivered next week.”
The Shooting Star tournament, set for April 14-15, will host Under-14, U16 and U19 age division teams from clubs and high schools. Each team will play five games. Local legend Carrie Lingo, a former member of the United States women’s Olympic field hockey team, will serve as the tournament’s grand marshal.
Giacomucci says he’s been contacted by established soccer, field hockey and lacrosse tournaments that are looking to relocate, as well as new tournaments.
“We’re waiting to finalize some contracts, but we anticipate 15 to 20 pretty large-scale tournaments for the first year,” he says. “That’s a pretty good start. The complex also hopes to organize and host its own tournaments.
“Our goal is for the facility to be rocking seven days a week, 365 days a year.”