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Done deal: Pumas to play at Bremerton's Memorial Stadium

A lease agreement that will allow the Kitsap Pumas to play home soccer games at Bremerton High School's Memorial Stadium is finalized.

Approved last Thursday by the Bremerton School District (BSD) Board of Directors, the three-year agreement calls for the Pumas to finance stadium upgrades in exchange for field usage.

The planned improvements include an 11-foot-by-15-foot video scoreboard and 1,200 to 1,300 additional bleacher seats to bolster the stadium's capacity, which currently is about 3,000.

"It was just one of those things that had to be taken care of," club owner Robin Waite said of the agreement. "It provides us with a good facility."

The club also will move at least four drains from where there are now — on the playing field — to locations off the playing field.

"It's just a liability to have them on the field because a player could step there and get injured," Waite explained.

The Pumas will play eight homes games, though the schedule has yet to be released, and also have expressed interest in hosting a four-team invitational tournament sometime during the summer.

The preseason begins in late April.

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