Thunder Bay lost its soccer dome in November 2016 due to a massive storm. Since that time, USL-2’s Thunder Bay Chill have been without a home and both youth & adults have had their soccer & other summer sports confined to a 3-month summer window.

The second of Thunder Bay’s soccer domes, the Golf Links Road location, has now broken ground, with the expectation that it will be opening its doors in December. Unlike the city-run soccer dome at Chapples Park, slated for a November 2021 opening, the Golf Links Road is a private endeavour.

The Goal Sports Centre II is a 190 x 150-foot field that can be divided in two, and will be a multi-sport facility.

With two soccer domes being built in Thunder Bay, plus the two on deck for Sudbury (both public and private, although the private facility is delayed), there promises to be an explosion of opportunity for local players in the two largest cities in Northern Ontario to hone their skills.

If all goes well, this should expand and improve the pool of potential players for both USL-2’s Thunder Bay Chill, as well as any future League1 Ontario or Canadian Premier League side that may be located in Sudbury.

The expansion of soccer infrastructure across the North is great news for those hoping for a team, and we look forward to seeing them develop further.

Read the article on the CBC.

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