MC United is fortunate to have access to a top-quality outdoor sports and recreation facility — the Eastbay Sports Complex (ESC). ESC serves as Marathon County’s primary soccer destination, as well as host site to many other sports and community events. ESC attracts more than 150,000 visitors and generates $6+ million annually in economic impact. MC United’s youth soccer tournaments, which are now at capacity, account for approximately $2.8+ million in local spending. Growth in soccer and sports like lacrosse has increased demand for ESC’s fields.
MC United – in partnership with D.C. Everest (DCE) Community Services – and with the support of the Marathon County Parks Recreation and Forestry Department and the Wolfpack Youth Lacrosse, is leading an effort to support the construction of a new community sports complex, starting with two full-size, lighted, artificial turf sports fields. These fields will be located on land at the DCE Middle School, subject to final approval by the DCE School Board. The Marathon County Eastbay Sports Complex (ESC) is – and will continue to be – MC United’s main facility for practices, league games, and our tournaments. This new facility, which will serve as a satellite to the ESC, will enhance the considerable economic and quality-of-life benefits of our community. It will preserve, complement and expand the opportunities and field availability for area sports, recreation, school, and community organizations. The two full-size fields can be parsed into four U11/U12 size fields or six U9/U10 size fields for practices and games, when needed. Not only will this provide for additional field space, artificial turf will enable groups to play/practice for a longer season, and mitigate the need for game cancellations in rainy conditions.
We are excited to announce several recent developments related to this effort.
For more information, see the FAQs about this project. Additional informational documents — including FAQs and an overview — can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.
MC United is embarking on a Capital Campaign to raise the needed funds project through philanthropic and foundation funds and donations. MC United parents who have questions, suggestions, or ideas are encouraged to contact Sharon Belton, MC United’s President.
MC United welcomes comments and suggestions, including indication of interest in providing financial support or other expertise.
To provide the fiscal stewardship of this capital campaign, MC United has formally established the MC United Community Sports Facility Enhancement Fund within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. Donations to this fund are tax-deductible. The purpose of this fund is to support the construction of a new community sports complex, starting with two full-size, lighted, artificial turf sports fields. This new facility, which will serve as a satellite to the Marathon County Eastbay Sports Complex, will enhance the considerable economic and quality-of-life benefits of our community. It will preserve, complement and considerably expand the opportunities and field availability for area sports, recreation, school, and community organizations.
Donations to the MC United Sports Facility Enhancement Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation, can be made online.
For more information concerning MC United's Capital Campaign, please view one of the documents below.