HTSA, Southland Mall announce 10-year lease for new soccer fields

Six full-sized soccer fields are coming to Southland Mall.

The Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association (HTSA) will break ground on the fields thanks to a 10-year land use lease that was signed with Morguard Management Company, the owner and operator of the popular retail mall.

The agreement was signed earlier this month and it grants HTSA exclusive use of undeveloped land located east of the JCPenny building along Bayou Gardens Boulevard for team training and games throughout the year, while also promising the new Southland Mall Soccer Complex two tournament weekends a year hosted by HTSA each year.

The deal is a win-win for both parties.

The Houma-Terrebone Soccer Association is a non-profit association that’s been around since the late 1970s. The organization has more than 1,500 members and also a pair of travel teams.

“The partnership between HTSA and Southland Mall provides a more permanent home for our association and as such, allows us to address the concerns our members have voiced year after year regarding our facilities,” HTSA Board President Kevan Keiser said. “Developing fields that drain, providing a concrete, lighted parking lot and future plans for lighted fields will provide our members the ability to play and practice after rain storms and even at night, leading to the continued improvement of the quality of soccer in Terrebonne Parish.”

Excavation will begin in early 2020 on the fields and the project is expected to be completed by August 2020.

Funding for the project will come from club funding, individual and corporate donations as well as a portion donated by Southland Mall.

“With available land accompanied by adjacent parking opportunities, the partnership between HTSA and Southland Mall just made sense for both parties,” says Josh Nolan, Director of Asset Management for Morguard. “Having HTSA come to the table and be excited about this project was enough fuel to get the deal completed. Without their commitment, collaboration, and enthusiasm, this wouldn’t be happening in our community right now. Southland Mall is very proud to partner with HTSA and its future growth.”

Nolan said the project will impact more than 300 families in our community.

“You’re going to have 300 or more families who may not normally visit this side of town now having a dedicated two hours every single week that they are going to be here,” says Nolan. “We are hopeful that nearby retail, eateries, gas stations, convenience stores, and the like see an immediate impact.”