AMESBURY, MA. — Always looking to expand his company’s brand of club soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and baseball, Seacoast United vice president Ian Burgess knows a scoring opportunity when he sees one, which is why he will soon be basing his latest soccer club, Seacoast United Admirals out of South Hunt Road’s New England Sports Park.
Burgess said when he heard that his old friend Tosh Farrell was giving up the lease on the former Amesbury Sports Park’s turf fields as well his own Tosh Farrell Soccer indoor facilities located just down the street, Burgess snapped into action.
“It was combination of things,” Burgess said. “It is a good location, right off I-495, with easy access for a lot of towns. It is going to create a lot of opportunities for a lot of players who potentially want a little bit more development of the sport but also to possibly move on to the next level outside of what their own towns can offer.”
As negotiations between Seacoast, Farrell and sports park owner Ted Dipple began earlier this year, Burgess saw another opportunity and Seacoast is currently under a purchase and sales agreement with Dipple to buy the New England Sports Park itself.
“We came about it after many meeting between Tosh and Ted and both wanted to head in different directions,” Burgess said. “We could have worked out a deal to lease with Ted (but) he was happier with a clean break.”
While he said he expects the sports park deal will be finalized in September, Burgess said that Seacoast took over Farrell’s lease at the beginning of the month.
“It is two separate organizations,” Burgess said. “Obviously we are looking to purchase the sports park itself and that would be ours and controlled by us. Tosh’s indoor facility was a lease that he had set up with the owner of the building. Ideally we would have liked to have leased it closer to the winter. But, as you can imagine, the owner wanted to get somebody in straight-away. So we will use that more in the winter and the sports in the fall, summer and spring.”
Burgess and company took over operations of both Farrell’s indoor and outdoor South Hunt Road locations earlier this week and Tosh Farrell Soccer itself has been rolled into the Seacoast United Admirals which are set to make their debut on the turf fields in August.
“We have already had evaluations for the Admirals,” Burgess said. “I think we are probably going to have 15 teams based out of there originally, but that will definitely grow. We have already had the evaluation nights but we are still looking for extra players.”
New Soccer facility will lease tubing lanes back to Dipple