Owatonna Soccer Association (OSA) today announced the Spring
of 2021 opening of the Daikin Soccer Complex, a state-of-the-art facility with soccer fields and supporting amenities and infrastructure for youth soccer in Owatonna, Minn. Owatonna Public Schools and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will use the complex as well. It will also be open to adult community members for practices and recreational games.
“Since players first stepped on our existing fields in 2001, soccer has become the most popular youth sport in Minnesota and local participation has increased nearly 30 percent,” said Marc Oien, president of OSA. “The new complex is critical to accommodating that growth and continuing to encourage kids to participate in the sport, which teaches valuable life skills and promotes health.”
The facility includes five new fields, located at the intersection of East Rice Lake Street and Willow Avenue, along with parking for players and spectators. OSA and the City plan to add more parking and a pavilion as part of a second phase of construction.
“Having more fields allows us to bring more games, tournaments and, ultimately, people to the city, which also has a positive impact on economic growth and development,” Oien said.
OSA paid for the soccer complex through a fundraising campaign which generated donations from
numerous individual boosters and businesses. This included a sizeable contribution from Daikin Applied, a leading manufacturer of commercial heating and cooling equipment, which has a plant in Owatonna and employs more than 500 people.
“With three facilities in the area, Owatonna and Southern Minnesota are central to the company’s success,” said Will Fort, vice president and general manager of operations at Daikin Applied. “We’re pleased to contribute to the community where our employees live and work, support the soccer association and youth sports, and attach our name to the complex.”
OSA also received major contributions from the Owatonna Foundation, Federated Insurance, Gopher Sport, Wenger Foundation, Viracon, and Mayo Clinic Health System-Owatonna. “We couldn’t do this without sponsorship from our local employers.” Oien said. “We’re grateful to them for making this
About the Owatonna Soccer Association
Since 1997, the Owatonna Soccer Assoc. (OSA) has been dedicated to promoting youth soccer for girls and boys in a high quality and safe environment. OSA sponsors nearly 40 teams and more than 550 players from ages 9 to 17 in traveling soccer leagues in Minnesota, providing training, coaching, equipment, referees and administrative support. The association also hosts clinics, and other learning and skills development programs for both players and coaches year round.
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Parents - as we kick off the season I wish you all the best of luck. OSA's number one priority is to provide a fun, safe and rewarding soccer experience for everyone. As we approach each game please have the following in mind:
Remember - we are all representatives of our community despite the opponent. There are multiple instances where Owatonna will play another Owatonna team this season and into the future...our behavior at those games towards our own kids and parents should be a reflection on how supportive our community truly is.