David Stone
Saturday, turf soon to be rolled out over Octagon Field being unloaded.
Saturday, turf soon to be rolled out over Octagon Field being unloaded.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

After more than a year of waiting, Roosevelt Island soccer fans can breathe again, almost. Octagon Field is putting on its new outfit, right now.

All summer, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation promised that Octagon Field, closed since June, 2018, blamed for wrecking sports and closing a business, would reopen in September. 

That appears to be coming true. Crews began installing the new carpet on Saturday. Once that's done and final touches polish off the project, expect RIOC to make a big deal over letting kids race across the turf safely, dreaming of balls soaring toward nets.

Yeah, it's closed, but not for long.
Yeah, it's closed, but not for long.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

And a big deal it will be as the restored athletic field will be renamed after retired PSD chief and legendary soccer coach Jack McManus. 

 Octagon Field, Close of Business, September 7th, 2019.

 Looks good, and now for the big finish.