Stockade FC will call Tenney Stadium at Marist home for this season. (Photo © Florian Holzher)
While renovations are underway at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, N.Y. Stockade FC has found a home field to host its National Premier Soccer League matches for this season.
The club announced Tuesday that Tenney Stadium on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie will be the club’s home field for this campaign.
Tenney Stadium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose stadium on Marist’s Poughkeepsie campus. It is also the home of the Marist College men’s soccer team, the 2021 Metro Atlantic Conference champions.
In Stockade FC’s six seasons, more than 25 Marist College student-athletes have worn the Stockade FC jersey in NPSL play.
With 2022 crowds averaging nearly 1,000 fans per game, Stockade FC expects the temporary relocation to Poughkeepsie will open a new region of support for the club.
“Our club represents the entire Hudson Valley,” Stockade head coach Jamal Lis-Simmons said in a statement. “We are excited to share our incredible game day atmosphere and on-field product with a new fan base in Poughkeepsie.”
Stockade FC technical director Dan Hoffay agreed and elaborated.
“We are thrilled to be playing at Marist College. Stockade FC has been the summer home to many past and present Red Foxes and our relationship with Marist men’s soccer head coach Matt Viggiano and his staff is extremely important to our success,” he said in a statement. “We are grateful for their hospitality and are looking forward to bringing our fan base to one of the area’s premier sports venues.”
The club expects the 2023 schedule to be finalized in early spring.
“Our community in Kingston has helped us build something amazing, and we’re excited to share it with Poughkeepsie,” Stockade FC chairman Dennis Crowley said in a statement. “We’re expecting the energy and excitement our fans bring will help us win over new fans and expand the following of the club. We’re also excited to be able to provide sponsorship opportunities to local businesses from the Poughkeepsie area.”
Crowley added that businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities (jersey, sideline banners) are encouraged to reach out to email@example.com.
Stockade FC said that it plans to return to a freshly renovated Dietz Stadium in uptown Kingston in 2024.