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Youth Football League in Wylie Needs Field



    Both sides are talking, negotiations are ongoing, and each party is optimistic that there will be a season -- but we're not talking about the NFL.

    A youth football league in Wylie is asking the city for help in finding a place to play in the fall.

    The fields the 28-team league plays on at Community Park are scheduled to undergo renovations this summer that could close the fields.

    City Council members discussed plans for the renovations to see what the city can afford, what's needed and what community members want to see improved at the park. Depending on what work needs to be done, the field could be shut down for renovations.

    Youth Football Worries About Effect of Field Renovations

    [DFW] Youth Football Worries About Effect of Field Renovations
    Wylie league is asking the city for help if renovations close its fields in the fall.
    (Published Tuesday, March 22, 2011)

    "My concern is that if we can't find lighted practice space, we will have to cancel the season," said Stacy Price, Wylie Football League president.

    But Wylie city leaders say they're not blowing the whistle on any season.

    "There's never been any discussion or thought about canceling the fall sports season for any of the fall leagues," said Mike Sferra, the director of Public Services.

    Price said the league has asked to play at nearby Founder's Park. The park has traditionally hosted soccer games on several fields. Price would like access to two fields, but has failed in the past to get access.

    "We've been told multiple times over and over, 'We'll see what we can do. We'll see what we can do,'" Price said.

    Sferra said at the time of the requests, the facility couldn't handle the extra people. Sferra said bathrooms and space would have been an issue. But Sferra said he's optimistic that something can be done to accommodate the WFL.

    "The city just has the two main athletic complexes," he said. "We'll try our best to find places for them to play. And if not, we'd try and find outside sources, perhaps WISD if there is space available."

    After a conversation with city leaders, Price said he feels more confident about getting access to more fields this year.