Return of pop-up micro-soccer field in downtown Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A pop-up football field that debuted in downtown Raleigh last summer is returning this year.

In July 2021, Raleigh Parks partnered with the Bucy Foundation to install a temporary micro-soccer field at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street.

The installment will return to the same location from July 18 through Labor Day.

The ground has had three temporary deployments in the last ten months, including Dorothea Dix Park and Millbrook Exchange Park.

Permanent micro-soccer pitches have now been installed at Peach Road Park and Brentwood Park.

The land came to the city after a partnership between Raleigh Parks and the Bucy Foundation.

The Bucy Foundation has decided to donate them to the city. It’s a deal the city approved at a meeting earlier this month.

The objective of the Bucy Foundation is to create 25 permanent playgrounds by 2025.

Raleigh Parks has announced plans to partner with the Bucy Foundation for future temporary facilities.

Micro-soccer, or futsal, is a fast-paced version of football. It is played on a small hard surface court with teams of five. Balls are smaller, harder, don’t bounce as much as a traditional soccer ball.