By Zachary Flynn

The city’s plans for a Blatchford LRT expansion show that the LRT line could pass straight through the NAIT field. This would leave the Ooks without a field to play and practice on. NAIT is looking elsewhere in the near future.

“We have to look long term because we’re not going to have our soccer field for much longer with the Blatchford lands moving forward,” said Richey.

“We’re also looking to partner up potentially with an external field until a new soccer field gets built at NAIT which will happen at Blatchford lands, but that could be some time and there’s going to be a transition with all that building.”

As Blatchford develops, NAIT should see some updated facilities, including more than just a brand new field.

“We’re looking at not just a soccer field but new recreation facilities. As you can see, our recreation facilities are very dated and part of the Blatchford plans are recreation facilities that campus life wants to put on the Blatchford lands and our soccer field and competition gymnasium will be a part of that,” said Richey. “It’s in its infancy stages so I don’t have a lot of details on it but the plan is to have new recreation facilities on the Blatchford lands.”

“As much as we complain about our facilities at times, there is a plan but it’s going to take a while.”

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