At 52,000 square feet, and with a capacity of 1,200 people, Pacific Sports and Events Center has more than enough room for your activities. Opened in March 2012, the massive facility houses a pair of indoor soccer fields, where youth- and adult-league games, practices, and training sessions unfold throughout the year. The fields are even versatile enough to be used for other sports, including lacrosse, football, and baseball.
Sports aside, the center also invites guests to utilize its space for other activities, such as birthday parties. Plus, one Friday per month is reserved as Kids' Night Out. On that night, children aged 6–14 can gather at the center with friends while parents use the free time to go to dinner or jump on their bed, even though the house is not a gym.
For eight exciting weeks this autumn, children will flock to the fields of Marymoor Park to score some new skills and friendships, with all instruction designed and led by Seattle-native and USSF-certified Jacob Haney. In addition to providing a steady stream of professional instruction and individualized attention, i9 Sports works hard to maintain a positive, supportive environment that forbids negative language from both participating children and adult onlookers, and gives each player equal playing time. Over the course of the eight-week league, children will maneuver themselves through a throng of drills and exercises, sharpening both technical and teamwork techniques. Leagues meet for practice once a week on Saturdays, and are organized by age group to keep young ones safe and feeling confident. Call ahead to register your miniature proto-adult for an eight-week league, or enter your Groupon number during online registration.
With a palette of fresh local ingredients, The Islander's culinary team paints a menu of upscale dishes, carrying diners on a journey from the pubs of Middle America to the Great Plains and back to the coast. On the outdoor deck, stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the town center keep guests grounded as fresh catches of wild salmon, prawn, and dungeness crab attempt to carry them out to sea. Indoors, flags of the world reminisce over the melting-pot nature of the menu, where half-pound burgers rolled in cracked peppercorn occupy the same space as prawn pasta and center-cut new york steaks with tempura shoestring onions. Ace barkeeps mix delectable specialty drinks, and pours of regional and international wines, microbrews, and rare European-style beers complement each dish. Frequent wine and beer tastings continue The Islander's flavor celebration, helping guests explore different pairings and fill their monthly friend-making quota. Sports aficionados, meanwhile, can get their fix by watching nightly games on the sports bar's eight high-definition televisions.
Taught by professional footballer savant Chochi Valenzuela—a 10-year professional and three-time All American at USC-Spartanburg who has coached at the youth, high-school, and college level—and his team of sinewy turf tyrants, Speed Trainers USA's soccer boot camp can not only help melt off any excess flab, it can build up your skills and technique like so many easy snap-in pieces of a massive Lego tower. Monday, Friday, and Saturday classes take place at Green Lake's Lower Woodlands Park, Field #2; for Wednesday and Sunday classes beginning June 6, head over to Redmond's Perrigo Community Park. The starting whistle blows between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the weekdays, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Check the schedule for more information. Bring proper soccer regalia, a water bottle, and your own ball. Capri Suns and Rice Krispie treats are recommended for an after-practice treat.
Billed as the Ultimate Trisport Event, TruAthlete is a competition in which coed teams of 6-10 players each battle each other tournament-style in each of three sports: flag football, volleyball, and soccer. For each game, six team members will take the field at a time; two women must be in play at all times, and teams can have up to four substitutes on the bench. There are two levels of registration: Division I, which is for serious athletes, or Division II, a casual bracket for groups interested in socializing and finally figuring out how their feet work. The top two teams in each division take home prizes. The event takes place at Magnuson Park, where there will be beer pong and dodgeball for spectators and consumers.
Rijo Athletics?founded by former Mets player and current St. Louis Cardinals scout Jose Rijo-Berger?helps baseball and softball players and coaches polish up their craft with a variety of skill drills, camps, and hands-on practice sessions. Pitchers perfect not only their form and speed, but also their techniques for reducing injury risk, and batters develop their own unique swing pattern, whether they're a power hitter, contact hitter, or telekinetic hitter. Players perform their feats of athleticism in one of six indoor batting tunnels and on pitching mounds.
Rijo's athletic complex, which spans eight acres and includes a 9,000-square-foot indoor facility and an all-weather turf field, also hosts group clinics for other sports, including soccer, football, golf, and swimming. Its full weight room is designed for sport-specific training.