The mayor is hoping that, like the movie from which the line is quoted, the Chapmanville soccer complex will be a "Field of Dreams."
Price is proud that the town is more than halfway through constructing a soccer
field on Sawmill Road that he believes will bring kids, families and fans to
Chapmanville. Already, the soccer league has 100 children committed to playing in Chapmanville and the mayor expects lots more.
"I really believe in that movie line that if you build it, they will come," Price said, smiling. "There is so much interest in soccer and, since the U.S. women's team nearly won the World Cup, interest has been growing."
Price said that, in previous years, Chapmanville-area kids interested in playing soccer had to go to Lincoln County to play.
But, not anymore.
When Fall Ball starts, Chapmanville kids will be playing in their own home town.
Price said the field is a good opportunity for so many kids who want to play soccer.
"Soccer is a sport that is accessible to a lot of kids who might not play the Big 3 sports of football, baseball and basketball. And this field will give so many kids an opportunity to play," Price said.
Price said the Coalfield Youth Soccer League should start playing on the field, donated by the Tennis Mullins Family, by the fall.
"We've got kids who have been going to Lincoln County and to Boone County to play soccer, because we didn't have a field here," Price said. "We plan to invited Man and Logan kids to play here, too. I'm also going to approach the school board and offer the field for use to get middle school soccer programs started."
The six-acre complex will be used as three soccer fields and a softball field.
It was recently seeded with grass and should be ready by September.
Town Manager Brian Kirkendoll said the softball field will allow Chapmanville to have men's and women's softball, too. He said the next phase of the project is to get the parking area leveled and graveled. Now, the town in need of fencing to put up around the lot to secure the area for the kids.
Eugene Mazzocchi is in charge of the league, Price said, adding that Mazzocchi has already been out buying uniforms and soccer equipment to get ready for fall ball.
"This has been a good, three-year project to get everything in place,"
Kirkendoll said. "Now, all we've got to do is wait on the grass to grow and that should take about six weeks."
Price said the town got a lot of help from its residents, who picked up rocks off the field, and from businesses, such as Walker Machinery, Hi-Tech Construction and Alpha Natural Resources, who all donated equipment, labor and other needs to help the project along.
"It has all been a huge help to getting this field built for these kids," Price said. "Working together, you can accomplish anything and we appreciate all the help we've gotten."
Kirkendoll said the town appreciates all the help it has received from the townspeople to the businesses and especially the Mullins Family, who has leased the property to the town for $1 a year.
"We've been blown away by this project," Kirkendoll said. "We took a six-acre cow field with a pond on it and worked 18 months to make fields for the community."
Price said the economic impact on the town of Chapmanville will also be great.
"We'll have over 100 kids playing and that brings in parents and family members and friends and they will need gas and food to eat," Price said. "This will give our restaurants, stores and gas stations an economic boost. This is a project that benefits everyone."