WEYMOUTH — Paul Daprix made the trip from Nantucket to Weymouth this past weekend so his 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, could play in a tournament with her club soccer team.
Daprix said the team has played a lot in Weymouth since the start of the year, when two covered artificial-turf fields opened up at Union Point, the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
“We can’t use some of the other fields because they aren’t covered, so it’s awesome for her to be able to play year-round,” Daprix said as Lauren waited to play her last of three 40-minute games.
About two dozen club boys and girls teams from across the state and beyond played in the tournament, which was hosted by Reds Soccer Events on Sunday at the new Union Point Sports Complex.
When completed, the 25-acre complex will feature four fully lighted synthetic-turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and field hockey. Two of the fields are covered with air-supported domes, allowing teams to use the fields for tournaments and practice year-round. Netting divides each field into two equal halves, so two games can take place simultaneously on each field.
While still multi-use, one of the outdoor fields will have a rugby-specific pitch and is a certified international playing surface, making it possible for Union Point to host national and international rugby tournaments.
Global Premier Soccer, Laxachusetts, and the Boston Rugby Club are among the elite sports organizations that will call the Union Point Sports Complex home.
The complex will also eventually have outdoor basketball and pickleball courts, a Wiffle ball field, walking trails, a park with a playground, a dog park and a 5,000 square-foot full-service restaurant. The existing gym will be completely redone as well. All amenities will be accessible for Union Point residents and surrounding communities for year-round use.
Daprix said his daughter’s team has players from Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the Cape, so having amenities on site for families that have to travel will be a nice addition.
“There aren’t too many restaurants right nearby,” he said.
The sports complex opened in January and is already proving to be a big draw for the South Shore. It has hosted soccer, lacrosse or an indoor running club every weekend.
Wendy Walsh of Norwell went to watch her nephew play with his club soccer team on Sunday. She said her son plays basketball at Starland Sports and Fun, the indoor complex in Hanover, and it is always very crowded.
The Union Point Sports Complex “is nice because there is a ton of space for parking and it isn’t causing a traffic backup,” Walsh said.
She said club sports are growing in popularity, so having the complex in Union Point is a great asset for the South Shore.