The pandemic has not stopped everything.
The Truist Point Stadium in High Point will be the main venue for the Nike Triad Shootout – a youth soccer tournament that kicks off on Friday February 19 at the Triad soccer fields.
The downtown baseball stadium is home to the High Point Rockers, which had to cancel the season last year, and this tournament marks the first football competition held at Truist Point.
Other venues for the competition include the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville and the Phillips Park Football Complex in High Point.
COVID-19 has put the brakes on so many sporting events over the past year – in Greensboro, last March, for example, the pandemic halted the CCA men’s basketball tournament in its tracks – it’s so a welcome sign that 50 youth football teams are coming out to compete.
The Rocker’s Stadium is best known for baseball, but it has been billed as a âmulti-purpose stadiumâ and has hosted a wide variety of events on its Astroturf playing surface, designed to withstand all types of weather conditions. During this weekend’s tournament, two football pitches will be set up inside Truist Point for two-day games.
David Upchurch, Coaching Director for Piedmont Triad Football Club, said in a press release that this high-profile tournament would be a good way to showcase the stadium as well as all the progress being made in downtown High Point. The city is in the midst of a major revitalization effort that could see a $ 7 million infusion from Guilford County over the next two decades.
“This is a great opportunity for North Carolina state football teams to gain exposure in Truist Point and the revitalized downtown High Point,” said Upchurch.
The round robin format will guarantee each team three games. âKnockoutâ contests will take place on Sunday February 21.
Fans of the stadium have always wanted it to be known as more than a baseball stadium. Some have even speculated that it may one day become a playground for some High Point University sports teams.
âBy hosting soccer, we continue to showcase the versatility of Truist Point,â said Pete Fisch, President of High Point Rockers. “Between professional baseball, amateur sports and entertainment events, Truist Point is transforming downtown High Point and becoming a community staple.”
Saturday’s matches at the stadium will take place from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday’s matches will start at 8:00 a.m. and end around 2:00 p.m.