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STADIUM COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Stadium Committee has learned unofficially of the soccer venues being proposed for the Olympic Bid which may affect the outcome of our mandate. The following sites have been identified:

Hamilton- Ivor Winn Stadium- 60,000 seats

Landsdowne Stadium in Ottawa-60,000-65,000 seats

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Stadium in Kitchener Waterloo- 25,000 seats

The Toronto east Waterfront on Cherry Street- permanent 25,000 seats- expandable to 80,000 for Olympic Games and Ceremonies

Vaughan Stadium- 5,000 seats expandable to 20,000 for Olympics

The only two sites that are possibilities for the GTA are Vaughan and the Waterfront and would only be constructed if Toronto wins the bid. This will be announced in August 2001.

The Committee has also met with Downsview Park ( Canada Lands) and the Honourable Art Eggleton regarding the use of Downsview Park for a large capacity soccer stadium. This proposal is certainly consistent with plans that are being designed for the park and would complement the soccer presense already at the Hangar.

For the short-term needs of the Toronto Lynx, one of the sites that we are also exploring Lamport Stadium. The City of Toronto is proposing changing the artificial turf to natural grass for 2001.

As far as Varsity is concerned, the University is continuing with their plans to build student housing on the site and an indoor facility that would accommodate 7,500 seats for all their sports programs. The timeline for this is being established. We expect to hear by the middle of April if Varsity is still available for our 2001 season.

LYNX ON TV

The Toronto Lynx have three games on CTV Sportsnet this season, all from Varsity Stadium. The June 11 home clash with Montreal Impact will be the first, followed by the home encounter with Rochester Raging Rhinos on July 22 and the August 20 visit of the Vancouver 86ers. Times of each telecast are to be announced.

EXTRAVAGANT KICKOFF

The home opener is always a very special occasion and Sunday, May 21 will be no exception when the Toronto Lynx host old rivals Montreal Impact , the first visit to Varsity Stadium of the former A-League champions since August 23, 1998. While kickoff time for what has been billed the Kisko Millennium Extravaganza is 7.30 p.m., it’s worth getting there much earlier to take in the early festivities and entertainment, including Canadian superstar vocalist Michael Burgess and the pomp and circumstance of our Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The first 1000 fans will be given a free Kisco Freezie and a Magnetic Schedule This will be followed by the Eaglehart Singers and Native Dancers with their aboriginal musical movement. Add to that the opportunity to win $10,000 in our Kick-to-Win half-time contest and one of the better soccer clashes of the season as both teams fight to get off on a winning note. That’s what we call an opener-don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a very special night!

REPORTER FOR A DAY

Media guests from print, radio and television will be gathering at the Howard Johnson Triumph Hotel to take in the “Meet the Lynx Luncheon and Pre-season Press Conference”on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. Soccer VIP’s will also be in attendance and Lynx fans can join this luncheon with the purchase of a Premium Season Ticket up to 6 p.m. the previous night-on Monday, April 24.The complete Lynx roster will be in attendance, including new and exciting signings from overseas. There will be lots of new information-and a great lunch thrown in. Just call Claus Burmeister, the Lynx Ticket Manager, place your order and your place on this special occasion is guaranteed.

FRONT OFFICE SIGNINGS

Changes in the front office have brought new faces recently as the Lynx welcome Claus Burmeister who assumes the position of Ticket Manager. Claus is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and already his organizational and people skills are obvious. He speaks French and Spanish for good measure. James Bryers replaces Jim Anas who took up an attractive position with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and James, who is a graduate of the Laurentian University Sports Administration program, fills the role of Team and Game Day Operations. His eye for detail and leadership skills will go a long way to enhance what we expect will be great Theme Days during the five-month long home schedule. We also welcome J.R. Khory, a Burlington, Ontario native and a graduate of Bethany College, West Virginia. J.R. has a degree in Sports Administration and Economics and will be added to our Sales and Marketing Department. It’s a super front office line-up working hard for a super season. Go Lynx Go!

ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR SUPER Y LEAGUE U-16 ENTRY

Jim Cannovan, coach of the Toronto Lynx Juniors, our entry in the much-heralded Super Y League, has announced 23 players to ready for the Great Lakes Division season that kicks off against Penns Forest F.C., the Pittsburgh entry, at Varsity Stadium on Sunday, May 21 at 4.00 p.m .This is a prelude to the Lynx opener against Montreal Impact at 7.30 p.m. and is the first of five home and five away games to be played by the Ontario select team, guided by Cannovan who is also the head coach for the province. Let�s give the team a great rousing send-off that day as Jim and his players embark upon a new venture of added competition and the beginning of a brand new support structure for the Toronto Lynx. Good Luck!

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We’re Looking for A Clean Sweep

Adult Indoor Soccer OR – WHY SHOULD WE LET THE KIDS HAVE ALL THE FUN!?

Steve Campbell, coach of the Boys U-14 Thunder and Director of Soccer for Indy Indoor Sports Park, is looking for a few more adults who�d like to play in an indoor league. He already has a few signed up, but still must find a few more in able to field a team. (This is in an over-30 league… you young whipper-snappers need not apply…)

If you’d like to play, give Steve a call at IISP — the number is 781-1100. IISP is located at 6650 Bluff Road, just south of Banta Rd., on the west side of the street.

Butler University Soccer

Center Grove soccer fans, do not miss out on the excitement of Butler University soccer! The men and women’s teams each have eight fantastic home games spread out over the next three months! The Bulldogs will take on the likes of Indiana, Furman, Navy, Villanova and Xavier. Center Grove teams who purchase tickets in advance will not only get them for the special group rate of $3 for adults and $1 for youths, but they will also have the chance to take the field for the starting line-ups and the national anthem! Also, all players who participate in our “Visual Scavenger Hunt” will be eligible to win a Butler Spirit Package! Butler soccer games are exciting outings that the whole family can enjoy! To order tickets or for any questions please call J. J. DeBrosse Athletic Ticket and Sales Manager at 940-9390.

(Thanks to Butler University for providing us with this information!)

Center Grove High School Soccer

Some of the best high school soccer in the state is being played just two miles up Morgantown Road from CGSC, at Center Grove High School! Last season both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams advanced to the semi-state round of play. This season promises to be even better and more exciting. Most of the current varsity soccer players got their start at Center Grove Soccer Club.

Parents – there are many benefits to attending the games at CCGS. Right off the top, you�ll get to see some of the best teams in the state play. Another benefit is that your child will get to see, on the field, some of the things their coach is teaching in their practices. And you�ll be supporting the youth of our community by cheering them on to victory!

Again this season, all Center Grove Soccer Club Players wearing their CGSC jersey (accompanied by an adult) will get in to any home CGHS boys and girls soccer games free. Adults will pay $4.00 at the gate. CGHS Athletic all-sport passes are available from the CGHS Athletic office at a cost of $50.00 for adults, $45.00 for students and $40.00 for seniors. A CGHS all-sports pass is an admission for all 20 IHSAA sports at all levels for all regular season home events. For more information or to purchase a pass contact the High School at 881-0581.

CENTER GROVE NIGHTS AT CGHS

This year, CGSC Night will take place during the half time of the boys� varsity game vs. Lawrence North on Tuesday, September 11th. U6, U16 coed, U8, U10 and U12 Boys teams should plan on attending.

CGSC Night at the girls varsity game will be on Monday, October 1st during the varsity game vs. Shelbyville. U5 coed, U8, U10 and U12 girls teams should plan on attending.

At half-time of these games, the CGSC Rec teams are invited to play a short scrimmage on the high school’s field! If your team would be interested in participating in this scrimmage, contact Recreation Director Keith Lambert.

See you at the games!

Concession Stand Notes

We are still looking for some volunteers to help with opening and closing the concession stand for the Fall season. If you choose to help us you will still be able to watch your children’s’ games. While we’ve been fortunate enough to have had enough help in the past, this fall, several of us have children that play high school soccer and we are not able to be at the club as much as we would like. So if you could help us with opening or closing during the fall season, please give me a call at 882-3869. I look forward to talking with you.

Marsha Williams, V. P. of Concessions

Equipment Pick-Up

Larri McClintock, Equipment Manager, will be at the Barn (in the South parking lot) to pass out equipment from 5:30 to 6:30pm on the following three days:

Thursday, August 16th

Monday, August 20th

Tuesday, August 21st

A representative from each recreational team needs to be there at one of these times to pick up their equipment for the fall season. If you have this responsibility for your team and cannot make it at one of these times, it will be up to you to contact Larri to get your equipment.

It’s Soccer Time!

Recreational Notes

The Fall Recreational Season is just around the corner! Practices can begin on the week of August 20-24. If you have not heard from your coach by August 17th, please contact the club via the club’s voice mail at 422-9555, and leave a message stating your child’s name, birth date, gender, and phone number. Someone from the club will contact you shortly after that.

The Fall season kicks off with our Jamboree on Saturday, 8 September. The day starts off with our annual “Parade of Teams”. All of the teams will participate in the parade — with all of the players in uniform, it’s quite a colorful spectacle! Following the parade, each team in the U5, U6 and U8 age groups will play in the Jamboree — a series of short “scrimmage” games against some of the other teams in their divisions. The U10, U12 and U16 teams will play their first regularly scheduled game.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Picture Day, Saturday, 15 September. Each team will have a team picture taken, and each player will have their individual picture taken. As we approach Picture Day, your coach or team parent will be notified of the time for your pictures to be taken.

Each team needs to have their appointed Team Parent to attend the annual Team Parent Meetings on Wednesday, 5 September and Thursday, 6 September — they will be at the Clubhouse at 5:30pm. On Wednesday the 5th, we need the Team Parents from the following age brackets to attend: U6 Co-ed, U8 Boys, U10 Boys, U12 Boys and U16 Co-ed. On Thursday the 6th, we need the Team Parents from the U5 Co-ed, U8 Girls, U10 Girls and U12 Girls.

And… we’re still looking for some help! If you could volunteer to fill one of the open positions, we’d be very grateful for your help! Contact Keith Lambert or Sue Frederick if you can help us by filling one of these positions.

One other note…in past seasons, we�ve had a bit of a problem with parking in our North lot — especially on Saturday mornings during the Recreational Season. Take a moment and check out our North Parking Lot Map.

If everyone will park where they are supposed to, it will make parking — and leaving after your game is done — much easier on all of us!

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