$3 Million Invested in New Turf Field at McHugh Soccer Complex


The City of Windsor, in partnership with the Essex County Soccer Association (ECSA), will be constructing Windsor’s first City-owned artificial turf soccer field in response to the growing demand for soccer facilities during the off-season.

The $3 million investment earmarked for this project by the City, includes a $400,000 donation from the ECSA. The turf field at McHugh Soccer Complex will be built exclusively for soccer use, and in compliance with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) regulations. In addition to the FIFA-sized turf field, the inclusion of covered team shelters, an electronic scoreboard, enhanced lighting, and fencing will be supported by the ECSA’s donation. 

Anticipated Timeline of Project:

  • Summer to Fall 2024: Design phase and tender
  • Fall to Winter 2024: Start of construction
  • Spring 2025: Completion of project

Over the years, the demand for soccer field rentals in Windsor has grown significantly, with a reported rental hour increase of 264.47% since 2020. The addition of an artificial turf field to the City’s inventory of sports facilities will not only fulfill that increasing demand but also enhance Windsor’s ability to bid on and host high-level soccer tournaments. The project builds capacity and elevates Windsor’s standing as a competitive sports destination.

As part of the Parks Master Plan and the Recreation Master Plan, the turf installation and amenities will extend the shoulder season of soccer tournaments in Windsor by providing a venue that is uninhibited by adverse weather conditions. The project is part of the City’s 2024 capital budget, which invests $23.5 million in parks, facilities, and recreation across the city; and the 2024 operating budget, which allocates $46.2 million towards parks, facilities, and recreation operations. Looking forward, the 10-year capital plan will invest more than $184.5 million in City parks, arenas, and recreation.


“The construction of Windsor’s first City-owned artificial soccer field is a landmark moment for our city. This project, made possible by the collaboration with the Essex County Soccer Association, will meet the growing demand for year-round soccer facilities and solidify Windsor as a premier sports destination. I, along with my Council colleagues, remain committed to investing in growth and Building Windsor’s Future through our parks and recreation amenities and offerings to promote healthy active living for our evolving and growing population." – Mayor Drew Dilkens

"With the new artificial turf field at McHugh Soccer Complex, we're expanding our city’s ability to support year-round soccer and recreational activities. This investment reflects our dedication to promoting active lifestyles and community engagement." – Councillor Angelo Marignani, Ward 7

"This investment in sports facilities represents a significant step forward in our Parks Master Plan and Recreation Master Plan. By providing a weather-resistant venue, we are extending the soccer season and improving our ability to attract and host prestigious tournaments, benefiting both our residents and local economy." – Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, Ward 6

"We are thrilled to partner with the ECSA on this exciting project. The new FIFA-regulation turf field will not only provide our athletes with a top-notch facility but also enable us to host high-calibre tournaments, enhancing the local soccer scene." – Councillor Gary Kaschak, Ward 8

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