Rumor: Defective Stanton Street Soccer Field Sidelines Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown (For Now)

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 at 9:22 am by

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The turf situation at the Nike field on Stanton St.

Nine years after Nike “gifted” a soccer field on Stanton Street, the pitch is totaled. The conditions here are terrible, and downright dangerous. As previously reported, the turf has been deteriorating at an alarming rate, especially since 2010. With good reason; it’s used constantly and at all hours.

The turf is so far gone that we had heard rumblings in years past that Steve Nash no longer wanted to host the annual Showdown in Chinatown friendly on site. For obvious reasons – no pro athlete wants to risk injury in a charity event. Now it looks like the shoe finally dropped.

Back in January, we learned that the Parks Department prioritized the soccer situation, and was reportedly in talks with unnamed donors to replace the field. Turns out one of said angels was allegedly none other than Steve Nash himself. Was. See, a source on the inside tells us that the city “turned down” the retired NBA star’s donation to renovate. Reason given – “bureaucratic bullshit.”

As such, there are no plans for Showdown in Chinatown as of this moment. The match usually happens in late June.

Word on the street is that two soccer players really hurt themselves on the turf Sunday night. “The park is so messed up,” a tipster tells us. “The athletes got cut up by asphalt under the fake grass, and [heroin] needles from decades ago were located.”

UPDATE: The Parks Department responds with the following comment on the matter…

NYC Parks is currently talking to different parties interested in this field, and no final decisions have been made.  We’re looking forward to finding a partner to get this field in tournament shape this summer for the soccer lovers of the Lower East Side.

So, until such decisions are made, be sure to watch your step while playing.

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