Local soccer team returns to its home field

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – FC Buffalo will once again lace up and play homes games at All-High Stadium.

“We’re back home where we want to be,” Nick Mendola, the president of FC Buffalo said.

Last May, Buffalo’s National Premier Soccer League was told that amateur teams couldn’t play at the stadium. Team leaders were in contact with the Buffalo School Board since then. It was supposed to come up for a vote during a recent Buffalo School Board meeting, but the vote was tabled. This week board members agreed to change the policy.

“Thanks to Larry Quinn and James McCarthy on the school board; they’ve made sure that we were able to play there,” Mendola said.

Mendola said fans love All-High Stadium because of its covered stand. “Unlike baseball, soccer games don’t get rained out. So having a covered stand where fans won’t get wet is really important.”

Players are currently training for the home opener. It will take place at Howe Field in Hamburg. Afterwards, the rest of the home games will be in Buffalo.

Mendola said the team and fans are very excited, especially because FC Buffalo is on the cusp of something great.

“Professional soccer in Buffalo is far closer than anyone realizes,” Mendola told News 4.

He said they just need to get a few more fans the seats. “Honestly, if we were in the neighborhood of 2,000, 2,500, which we think is very attainable, it’s a go. Then it’s about having a place to play. This is a huge step for us.”

Fans who want to cheer the team on at All-High Stadium, can come to the first game there on Saturday, May 23at 7 p.m. The full schedule is available at FCBuffalo.org.

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