Hard court soccer in West Knoxville

Hard court soccer in West Knoxville

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By PRENTICE ELLIOTT
6 Sports Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You've heard of pick-up basketball but in West Knoxville, they're playing pick-up soccer.
 
Knoxville native Oscar Avila, who played for Karns high school said, "Anybody who comes here, just jump in, you got here, you're fresh, just jump in."

Players line the walls waiting for a game at what was originally an inline skating rink across from Lakeside Tavern known as the blue court.

"You see everything out here," said Avila.  "And that's what it is. It's just to have fun. It's not to kill everybody. It's just to have fun."

"Lot of friends come here from different countries," added Knoxville's Manuel Garcia, who was born in Mexico.

Knoxville has plenty of green space, certainly enough for the players at the blue court to play on real grass if they wanted, yet they prefer to take their game to a hard, blue surface, inside a fence.

"The ball stays in play," explains Xandy Vandenberg, who played soccer in high school and is now a teacher at Oak Ridge high. "You got the walls. It's really fast paced. It's really high energy. It's just a lot of fun."

And with the World Cup going on this summer, the action at the blue court is heating up. "Watching soccer all day kind of makes you want to play soccer," explained University of Tennessee student Alex Luna.

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