SporTrak’s Proud Heritage
This season marks the 30th year of indoor soccer at SporTrak. Since 1982 the venerable facility in Sewickley, PA has been an integral part of the soccer scene in Western Pennsylvania. Over the years tens of thousands of soccer players have participated in league play, clinics and rentals.
In the late 1960’s through the 1970’s a skating rink occupied the location. In 1982 the building was converted to indoor soccer and became the home of the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The name of the facility was changed form the Sewickley Ice Skating Arena to the Sewickley Indoor Sports and Fitness Center.
With the arrival of the Spirit, interest in soccer in general, and the Spirit in particular exploded throughout the Pittsburgh area. The excitement brought by a successful, professional indoor team contributed to the rise of recreational indoor teams.
In the mid 1980’s many of these new leagues consisted of men’s leagues, adult co-ed leagues, and older youth teams (U-16 to U-19 boys). With the help of Spirit youth clinic’s, and the general growth of interest in soccer growing rapidly, by the end of the decade boys and girls, aged 10 to 17 filled the building.
In 1988 the arena became SporTrak. Through the 1990’s and into the new century the indoor game has grown to include girls teams and the popular youth leagues ranging from U-8’s to U-17’s. Many parents who played in youth leagues at SporTrak now return to watch their children play at the same facility; SporTrak, where Pittsburgh plays indoor soccer, since 1982.
In addition to being the training facility for some of the area’s top players, boys and girls, SporTrak has also been the proud host to these special events and training sessions:
U.S. National 5-a-side indoor team coached by Ron Newman and John Kowalski
Appearances by: Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly
Pittsburgh Spirit (MISL)
Pittsburgh Stingers (CISL)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (ASL/USL)
Western Pennsylvania Girls’ High School
PA East/West Boy’ High School All-Star Games