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The Metropolitan Oval, A Place that Matters

metropolitan oval soccer fieldLocated in Maspeth, Queens, the Metropolitan Oval is the oldest soccer field in the nation and has been in continuous use for soccer since 1925. The oval was built by German and Hungarian immigrants seeking to carve out a piece of home in a new city. Since then, generations of players, from city youths to World Cup participants, have dug in their cleats against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, making the Metropolitan Oval sacred ground in soccer history. And the play goes on. The efforts of Jim Vogt and the Metropolitan Oval Foundation saved the Met Oval from near bankruptcy in the late 1990s and it is now home to more than 500 youth soccer matches every year. Although the field itself has undergone physical change since its founding in 1925, the vision of its founders persists and the oval remains a place where players come together at what has been unofficially dubbed a “United Nations of soccer.” Its diverse population of players attracts a range of visitors and recently both a Bangladeshi team as well as the famous English club Manchester United, have paid a visit to Maspeth. To read more about the Metropolitan Oval and what others have to say about it visit the Places that Matter census and enter “Metropolitan Oval” in the “Find a Place” box on the left hand side of the screen. You can also nominate the Metropolitan Oval as a Place that Matters and tell us why you think it matters by clicking “Add your nomination to this place record” on the yellow place record in the census. Click here to visit the Place Matters website.