Get ready for professional soccer at Werner Park.
Officials from the United Soccer League today officially announced a new team, lead by Storm Chasers owner Gary Green, will begin play in 2020.
“Professional soccer in the metro wouldn’t be coming here today without the leadership of Sarpy County,” Storm Chasers General Manager Martie Cordaro said during today’s announcement. Cordaro will also serve in the same role for the new team.
Sarpy County is investing $2.2 million into Werner Park upgrades to accommodate the new team, including an additional locker room and more space for offices, the team store and storage. Next season, baseball fans will see changes to the right field wall and a retractable pitcher’s mound to allow the soccer field to run from the third base dugout to right field.
The Storm Chasers agreed to a rent increase to cover the costs of the upgrades.
“I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a public-private partnership that shares a vision together,” Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly said. “This field out here is really Sarpy County and the Omaha area’s field of dreams. This is the perfect venue for professional sports. It’s been a great host to baseball, and it will be an even better host for soccer starting next year. We have invested a significant amount of resources, time and funds to make enhancements to this stadium, and we will continue to do so.”
The yet-to-be-named team will play 28 games in 2020, half of them at Werner Park.
“I am totally confident that USL Omaha will come to understand why this area and this community is a great to live, work and play,” Kelly said.