The Soccer Box features a regulation 80-feet by 185-feet indoor soccer field.
While soccer has been the most popular worldwide sport for years, it has only been recently that its popularity has increased in the United States. Previously limited to childhood extracurricular teams and local organizations, soccer has seen explosive growth all over the country, and Lubbock is no exception.
On the field of Lubbock soccer, there’s a new player. Randy Putman, a local entrepreneur, has taken an interest in soccer and has decided to get into the game. His venture, named The Soccer Box, will be an indoor facility where local teams can sign up to play.
I recently spoke with Randy about The Soccer Box and this is what he had to say.
How would you describe The Soccer Box?
The Soccer Box will be a state-of-the-art facility whose sole purpose is to provide a clean, fun, family oriented environment to promote the sport of soccer and the opportunity to polish your skills in a competitive environment.
How did you come up with the idea for The Soccer Box?
My cousin had been suggesting the idea for years. He has kids who play soccer and noticed the need for another facility.
However, it wasn’t until we went to a game at the Burl Huffman Complex that we really understood what he meant. The place was packed, the parking lot was gridlocked and there were tons of people at this one facility. As crowded as it was, the need for another soccer facility in Lubbock was clear. That’s when I knew he was on to something.
What is your vision?
Currently we are under construction with our first field. Once we have this facility up and running, we hope to add an additional facility with 2 more fields. One being a smaller field dedicated to the youngsters learning the game and the other field will be another regulation size adult field.
What are some of the main features?
We have a regulation size indoor field. 80’ x 185’. We will have full view professional glass walls affording spectators an almost unobstructed view of the field. We purchased a fabric building which is almost 50’ tall. These buildings are known for keeping the temp cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than traditional buildings. We have employed all LED lighting so we have will be able to light up the field while being eco-friendly. We are implementing a divider system which will allow us to reduce the field size for the youngsters until we are in a position to build the next facility.
When is the scheduled opening?
If all goes well with the weather, contractors, supplies and my sanity stays intact, Jan. 25.
What are some of your main goals for this complex?
Provide a safe and clean environment to promote the fundamental and skills of soccer.
Who will it cater to?
Most non soccer people are surprised to learn more adults play indoor soccer than kiddos. We intend to cater to any soccer player from 4 years old to 80 years of age.
Who has worked with you on the project?
I’m not sure I could answer this as we have talked and visited with people all over the United States. We have studied this endeavor for just over three years. I do have a cousin, Donny, and his wife, Kristin Putman, who are huge soccer fans and they have answered thousands of questions.
With Randy captaining his new venture and The Soccer Box scheduled to open January 25th, the field of Lubbock soccer will soon have more room for expansion.
For more information on The Soccer Box or to sign up your team to play, go to www.soccerbox.club.
By Cobey Shaver