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Atlantic City FC aiming to make Sandcastle Stadium home venue in 2020

The second-year NPSL club has big plans for the former home of the independent baseball team the Atlantic City Surf

Matt Ralph

Atlantic City FC is planning to make a move to the city of its namesake with an ambitious plan to make a permanent home out of the former home of the independent baseball team the Atlantic City Surf.

The team made its plans official on Thursday, announcing their intention to call the stadium home for the 2020 season and as soon as August 3 if they should make it to the league final and win hosting rights.

“While this process is not yet complete we are optimistic we’ll have an agreement reached soon to usher in a new era for this tremendous facility,” club co-owner Andrew Weilgus wrote in a letter posted on social media.

The Aces played their inaugural season at Stockton University but will be playing home games at an alternate venue for 2019. Weilgus noted their training ground at Annapolis Avenue and Atlantic City High School as possible venues. The NPSL Keystone Conference season kicks off on May 11 with three games. Atlantic City hosts West Chester United at 1 p.m.

The 5,500-seat Sandcastle Stadium opened in 1998 and served as the home venue for the Surf for a decade before the team folded. It was renamed Surf Stadium in 2011 and has hosted local youth and college teams. The Atlantic Cape Community College baseball team has called it home since 2014.

Weilgus also announced in his post that the club has started a youth soccer and academy program through a partnership with Jackson Lions FC and are participating a pro-am beach soccer tournament being held in the city in June.