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Fayetteville Civic Center May House Soccer

Posted June 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville business hopes to breathe new life into an old building by introducing the city to another sport. The Civic Center commission is considering a proposal from Sportszone Tuesday.

Over the last 30 years, the Civic Center arena has been the place for tournaments, concerts, and many other events in Cumberland County. With a new coliseum in the works though, authorities were considering bulldozing the older place, but now there's talk of putting an indoor soccer field there. Karl Molnar of Sportszone says he'd hate to see such a great building go unused.

Molnar says Sportszone hopes to convince area soccer enthusiasts they would get a kick out of playing the game indoors.

But before Sportszone can roll out the astro-turf, there are many details to be worked out. One big question is whether Sportszone will manage the place or just be a tenant. there's the matter of the auditorium down the hall. Kendall Wall, Civic Center general manager, says there could be conflicts.

On top of that, the Civic Center still wants to host some events in the arena, so it will take a solid game plan to put up some new nets here.

If things work out at the arena, Sportszone hopes to eventually score a professional indoor soccer team for Fayetteville.