POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Kingston Stockade FC announced Tuesday it will play all its home matches during the 2023 season at Marist College’s Tenney Stadium while Dietz Stadium is closed for extensive renovations.
The non-profit semi-pro men’s soccer club plays in the fourth-tier National Premier Soccer League. Stockade plans to return to Dietz Stadium in 2024 after the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation project.
Kingston said it expects the 2023 schedule to be finalized in early spring. In the past, the league’s season has typically run from early May to July.
Tenney Stadium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose stadium at Marist College’s Poughkeepsie campus and is home to the Division 1 Marist Red Foxes program which won the 2021 MAAC men’s soccer conference championship.
The connections between Stockade and Marist run deep, as more than 25 Marist College student-athletes have donned a Kingston jersey in NPSL play since the non-profit club’s founding by Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley in 2016, according to Stockade.
In the 2022 season, the club drew nearly 1,000 fans per game, despite Stockade finishing (2-5-3) and missing the NPSL playoffs.
Stockade said he hopes the temporary relocation will bring in new supporters from the Poughkeepsie area.
“Our club represents the entire Hudson Valley,” Kingston Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons said. “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 said he’s grateful for Marist’s hospitality.
“We are thrilled to be playing at Marist College,” Hoffay said. “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.”
“We’re expecting the energy and excitement our fans bring will help us win over new fans and expand the following of the club,” Crowley said. “We’re also excited to be able to provide sponsorship opportunities to local businesses from the Poughkeepsie area.”
Season tickets for the 2023 season are on sale online at http://stockadefc.com/.