WENATCHEE, WA— Wenatchee FC of the Evergreen Premier League will move their 2015 home season over to Wenatchee Valley Community College as the Apple Bowl undergoes installation of a new synthetic Field Turf surface starting in May.
Last seaon the Capitals played their first three home matches at the Apple Bowl before grass maintenance closed the venue for the summer. WFC played their final four EPLWA home matches of 2014 at WVCC.
“You have the best grass system at the Apple Bowl now,” Field Turf representative Donny Jones told the Wenatchee School Board recently. “The problem is, you can only play so many events on natural grass.”
“Because we have grass we don’t qualify to host playoffs,” Wenatchee High School Athletic Director Jim Beeson told the board. “It’s a big thing to be able to bring teams into the community. It helps the community.”
This season Wenatchee FC considered several venues, but in the end staying in Wenatchee was the deciding factor in playing at the college. The first six WFC home league matches will be at WVCC. The seventh and final home match will take place elsewhere due to a conflict. WFC are said to be considering playing that Sunday July 26 match with South Sound FC in Chelan or Quincy. The home matches will kick off at 6 PM to avoid hot temperatures while also using daylight.
The Capitals open their 2015 home league season on Sunday May 3 at 6 PM when they host the defending EPLWA champion Spokane Shadow.
How will a new surface at the Apple Bowl affect the return of WFC? The game will look and play differently, but at least the stadium will now be useable year-round. It remains to be seen if EPLWA soccer will return to the Apple Bowl in 2016.