SAN DIEGO — In a surprising move, including for General Manager Amie Becker and the San Diego SeaLions, the team will finish their remaining home games for the 2013 season at Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista.
The move came after Becker and the team learned recently that Cathedral Catholic High School, where the SeaLions play their home games, had received approval to resurface the stadium.
Before learning about the resurfacing plan, Becker said they had planned to play the whole season at Cathedral High. The school, she said, did prearrange for the team to use Mater Dei’s field as a possible option when the resurfacing begins.
“Obviously, we could have looked into moving elsewhere, somewhere that was close by the Del Mar, Carmel Valley area,” Becker said. “But we decided that this was a great opportunity for us to move our game to a new community and further our outreach to local clubs and families and businesses in that area, and hopefully, creating some new fans.”
The SeaLions are off to another strong start this season and remain in first place in their division with a 3-0-1 record. The SeaLions beat Beach FC 4-2 on Saturday at home, and tied LA Premier 4-4 on Sunday on the road.
Before moving to Mater Dei, the SeaLions will host two exhibition matches June 22 and June 30 at Cathedral Catholic.
They’ll play two more home games at Mater Dei before regional playoffs begin July 20 at a site yet to be determined by the league.
Becker said a permanent move to Mater Dei High School wasn’t in their plans, but added that they don’t yet know what will happen next year.
The move won’t affect travel plans for visiting teams, Becker said. The only arrangements that required attention was the changing of hotels when the team hosts the visiting California Storm from Sacramento in an exhibition match July 6.
“We’re hoping that our fans in the Del Mar-area are still going to come down to Chula Vista and see us, too,” Becker added.