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MCU Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign to Develop a Satellite Sports Complex with Artificial Turf

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.

  • To provide the fiscal stewardship of this capital campaign, we 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. An anonymous donor already contributed $1,000 to this fund. Donations can be made onine via  the Community Foundation.
  • In the past month, we have raised $185,000. MC United received an initial pledge of $110,000 from the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation to support this initiative, along with a grant of $35,000 from the Wausau-Marathon County Fund of the Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin. The Community Foundation’s Board is expected to approve an additional $15,000 in January 2020. These funds, along with a pledge of $25,000 from MC United, represent the first steps in our campaign to support the construction of these fields. We are in the early stages of our fundraising and are grateful for these contributions and pledges.
  • Our partnership with DCE Community Services to locate the new artificial turf fields at the DCE Middle School – which has the benefits of an existing infrastructure of parking, restrooms, concessions, and lights, as well as room for future expansion – reduces the initially anticipated costs of the project by about $1 million. This fiscally responsible decision makes our fundraising goals of $2.3 million more attainable and reduces the burden on philanthropic and private donors. 
  • DCE Community Services has many years of experience with providing community and other area school, sports and recreation groups with access to DCE facilities (for example, the Greenheck Fieldhouse). This community focus will serve as a model for ensuring that these fields will be accessible to a broad range of users.
  • These new fields will expand our options to practice and play during times in our season when ESC is not open (March, April, October, November), or when field closures at ESC occur during our State League and CWSL Classic league seasons due to wet conditions (May through September). Given the cluster of additional grass fields already on site, this also is an ideal location for expanding our tournaments.

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.

MC United Community Sports Facility Enhancement Fund

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.


MC United Capital Campaign Support Documents

For more information concerning MC United's Capital Campaign, please view one of the documents below.