Lynn, MA- Mass United will help the Western Mass Pioneers usher in a new era at the historic Lusitano Stadium on May 5th when they face the PDL side in a pre-season exhibition. The stadium was resurfaced this off-season with a “soccer specific” turf blend that is FIFA approved. The new surface is much more cost-efficient and will allow the Pioneers to use the venerable stadium for years to come. This will be the first true match on the new turf.
The grounds of Lusitano Stadium have been hosting soccer matches since 1922. A simple dirt field for 50 years, the 70′s brought with it a grass surface and soccer legends like Eusebio and Branco. This strong soccer culture spawned the Western Mass Pioneers in 1998, who won the division 3 national championship in 1999.
The exhibition kicks off at 3:15 pm on Sunday, May 5th and the address for Lusitano Stadium is 400 Winsor St., Ludlow, Mass. Directions to the stadium can be found on the Pioneers website, here.