Soccer fans and political leaders will gather this afternoon at the Boyle Heights Sports Center for the grand opening of new soccer and playing fields made from artificial grass. Funding for the playing fields, part of $2.2 million worth of improvements at the park, became tied up for as part of the state's budget crunch, according to a press release issued by the office of Councilman Jose Huizar. But the city tapped its own funds to complete the fields.
Huizar's office said this is the city's first synthetic soccer field east of the Los Angeles River.
* Update: This story has been updated with a photo of the grand opening provided by Council District 14