GAME LOCATION INFORMATION
Eastern Division Event
American Thanksgiving Weekend / Daytona Beach, Florida
One of the major items that give the NYFC a huge distinction is that we try to give the kids, coaches and parents a BIG TIME FEEL in all that we do. Special does not happen on a large multi-field site that looks like a chalked off soccer complex. No, special happens when you seek it out and pay for it! Nothing we take greater pride in than the efforts we maintain to use special playing facilities. Many tournaments play on glorified soccer fields with parents left without fixed seating right on top of the coaches on the sidelines, no sound systems used, no score boards available, or other items that make playing the game SPECIAL for the kids and SPECIAL for the coaches. We remember what it feels like to run out onto a field that high school, college or semi-pro teams do! We want that for your teams!
STADIUM GENERAL INFORMATION
Below we have listed several of the top quality playing facilities used for the NYFC Eastern Division. The event uses 4-5 facilities throughout the area and all within a 20-45 minute drive of the NYFC Headquarters Hotel. Local high schools, colleges, semi-pro teams or other lofty groups may have playoff or bowl games that preclude our use of a particular facility for all three days of the event but after DECADES of hosting this event in the area, these venues are considered a partner to the event and work with us as much as they can. These facilities all require ground transportation from the Headquarters Hotel to reach obviously but I can assure you they are all worth the drive.
The grass at these facilities are unparalleled for late November. The turf field is well-maintained and is cushiony soft dispelling many of the "old turf" worries. There is never any type of parking charge to be a part of the NYFC but of course the stadiums are closed to the general public. All those parents and other spectators attending do so through the holding of an NYFC pass either by the day that is surrendered upon entry or one for the entire weekend that is simply lunched by the friendly gate personnel each stadium maintains. The security in knowing only those with the NYFC event are inside the facility is something all teams should consider as a huge positive - thereby keeping out local hangers-on and others who may only be on hand to start trouble.
We are annually honored to have so many fine organizations attend the NYFC from big cities and small communities found across the United States. We want to make their NYFC experience something that gives every attendee positive lifetime memories to keep forever, win or lose. These stadiums play a big part of the overall NYFC experience. Parents and teams please remember do NOT select your hotel based on the proximity to a particular field. Teams generally play at multiple fields during the two-game event and in a weekend event, you will be at the hotel FAR MORE than you will be at any one field. Therefore, almost every other factor to choose a hotel should come before the field locations for your games.
MUNICIPAL STADIUM - LARRY KELLY FIELD
3777 LPGA Boulevard - Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Municipal Stadium, a 10,000-seat multi-purpose turf stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida, is home to the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcat college football team. It is also used to host local home games for the nationally ranked Mainland Buccaneers and the Seabreeze Sandcrabs High School football teams. The facility is turf field with a 5 story press box. It maintains locker room facilities, concessions, and ample parking. The stadium is also known as Larry Kelly Field, a name honoring former Daytona Beach Mayor Lawrence J. Kelly. The facility was built in 1988.
SPEC MARTIN FIELD - DELAND STADIUM
260 East Euclid - DeLand, Florida 32724
DeLand Stadium is a 6,000-seat football stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida, is home to the Stetson Hatters D-3 college football team. It is also used to host local home games for the DeLand Bulldogs High School football team. The facility is a grass field with a six story press box. It maintains the claim to fame as the home of the movie, "The Waterboy" with Adam Sandler. It maintains locker room facilities, concessions, and ample parking. Two score boards, college lighting and sound are impressive part of this venerable facility. The facility was built in 1941 but underwent a massive 10 million dollar renovation to prepare for it's use as a college stadium in 2012.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH STADIUM - AIRPORT STADIUM
1800 Turnbull Bay Road - New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
The New Smyrna Beach Stadium is a 5,000 seat football facility nestled inside a 68-acre sports complex built in four phases beginning in 1998. The original construction cost of $7.4 million plus donated services and materials from local citizens and businesses gives this facility a first-class feel. The New Smyrna Beach Barracudas High School football team plays their home games here. The facility was upgraded with over 1 million dollars of improvements a few years back to give it a huge big-time feel. The stadium itself has a plush grass field and maintains a 3-story press box and both home and away bleachers. Lights, sound and two score boards make playing football a pleasure. Full concessions are available along with a kids playground along with ample parking and warm-up areas just outside the closed, gated facility.
ORMOND BEACH STADIUM - CHAMPIONS FIELD
700 Hull Road - Ormond Beach, FL 32124
The New Smyrna Beach Stadium is a 3,000 seat football facility on the corner of a 150-acre sports complex built in the 2004. The original construction made this the home to several private Christian schools here in the Daytona Beach area. The facility was upgraded with over 1 million dollars of improvements a few years back adding a 2-story press box and game room in case of inclement weather. The stadium itself has a plush grass field and maintains expansive home bleasers and a small set of away bleachers. Lights, sound and score board give the field a fantastic feel. Full concessions are available along with a kids playground father into the center of the pak by the softball fields. Ample parking and warm-up areas just outside the closed facility are available as well.