Tysons will get its seventh, new full-size athletic field as a result of the about 31 million square feet in future development approved so far for the urban center.
The Board of Supervisors approved the future facility on Tuesday.
Called Tysons Technology Field, it be located south of the intersection of Route 7 and the Beltway, off SAIC Court. The lighted, synthetic turf field will be built next to two 1978-era offices buildings and a surface parking lot.
This field will meet the athletic needs created by two approved developments near the Greensboro Metro Station called The Boro and Westpark Plaza. Our land use plan for Tysons recommends one full sized athletic field per 4.5 million square feet in new development. Because together these two projects meet this criteria, the two developers jointly committed to build the field. Developer Meridian is the property owner for The Boro, as well as the location for Technology Field.
Meridian will build the field, and it will continue to own land that it sits on. However, the Fairfax County Park Authority will operate and maintain the field.
The field will measure 180 feet wide by 360 feet deep, a standard size for the park’s full-size fields. The facility also includes:
- Two bleachers
- Bicycle racks
- LED lighting
The field is expected to be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Because the field sits next to the Beltway, it will be surrounded by a chain link fence that will range in height from 10 to 30 feet.
The timing for construction of the future field will depend on Meridian’s progress with The Boro development.
To serve the existing office buildings and field, the developer also will build a new, shared 789-space parking garage north of the field. In addition, Meridian has committed to make about 72 surface parking spaces available on all non-holiday weekdays after 5 p.m. and all weekends and holidays during the hours of operation of the field.
Technology Field will join the 20 fields that are expected to be needed by 2050, based on the recommendations in the Tysons land use plan. Last year, the first full size field in Tysons was built. Jones Branch Fields offers a full-size and half size synthetic turf fields with lighting. Including Tysons Technology Field, there are another 7.5 athletic fields that still remain to be built.
We intend for Tysons to become Fairfax’s “downtown.” By 2050, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs under the county’s transformation plan. Already, more than 31 million square feet in new mixed use development have been approved.
Technology Field helps to transform Tysons into an urban center, but also it supports the county’s Economic Success Plan. In part, this plan calls for building dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments where people can live, work, shop and play. These projects attract more residents, jobs and businesses.