The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has purchased the Kamloops Soccer Dome from Lane’s End Holdings Ltd., according to a press release issued by KYSA executive director Missy Cederholm.
KYSA has been leasing the dome (313 Nishga Way) since 2014 to facilitate indoor training during winter months, but the lease was set to expire in April.
"The opportunity to purchase was available to KYSA and the timing was right," the press release said.
Cederholm told KTW the KYSA remains interested in any city project that would include an indoor soccer facility.
The association's Centre of Excellence programs will take precedence in the dome in the fall, allowing players to focus on skill development under the guidance of staff coaches.
In the winter months, select teams will participate in pre-season training. Over the past two seasons, spring league teams have participated in indoor staffed training sessions prior to city fields opening.
“We are super excited about the potential to turn this building into a new, fresh KYSA clubhouse,” KYSA president Candace Dodson-Willis said in the press release. “We want to make the dome a place for our members to come, relax and watch the kids play soccer.”
User groups in the Kamloops sporting community will benefit from the dome, according to the press release, which notes outdoor city fields are closed from mid-October to mid-April.
The KYSA is seeking corporate sponsors to contribute to upgrading the dome. Facility naming rights are up for grabs.
Potential sponsors and volunteers interested in helping to clean, paint and update the dome can call Cederholm at 250-376-2750.
"For the most part, it [programming] will stay the same," Cederholm said. "It's a lot more about the look and the feel of the facility, to make it our own, whether it be with advertising, window decals, painting, making it our club colours. We have full reign."
Soccer Quest runs an indoor facility at 1224 8th St.