ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – For the first time since April 22, the St. Louligans will be back in their corner at Soccer Park Friday night as St. Louis FC plays its first home game since the last month’s flood.
General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh expects that FC fans will go nuts when the team takes the field — which is brand new.
“We did lose one turf field, so we took the stadium field turf and moved it to one of the other fields there at the soccer park, and put a new field in at the stadium, so we have a brand new surface,” he says.
Albumaugh says they also have a new, larger scoreboard, which was planned before the flood.
Some, but not all, repairs were covered by insurance, and while some fencing and bleachers won’t be ready for Friday night, Alumbaugh says it will be good to be home again.
Recovering from the second flood in 17 months has taken an emotional toll on everyone in the organization, Albumaugh says.
“The maintenance guys, the guys that are rearranging schedules, the team that’s training at a different facility away from home with not quite all the amenities that they’re used to, and everybody’s done great with it. I think that speaks for our culture and our leadership,” he says.