Pier 40 Field Flooded After Errant Soccer Ball Sets Off Sprinklers

By Andrea Swalec on December 20, 2011 12:50pm 

Pier 40 on the Hudson River.
Pier 40 on the Hudson River.
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Hudson River Park Trust

MANHATTAN — One of Pier 40's playing fields is taking a timeout after a stray soccer ball hit the field's overhead sprinkler system and flooded the indoor area. 

A second-floor field used by youth soccer leagues will be closed until Wednesday morning after fire sprinklers rained down on the field Sunday, said a spokeswoman for the Hudson River Park Trust, which manages the pier.

Dehumidifiers have been drying out the field, which is made of the rubbery surface known as Sport Court, to prevent mold from forming, said spokeswoman Vivian Liao.

In the meantime, players can use other fields at the pier.

The 21-by-15-yard field is used by the Downtown United Soccer Club, which did not immediately return a request for more information regarding the incident.

The Trust tweeted about the closure Monday morning.

"Please be advised that the Indoor Recreational Field at Pier 40 is closed until further notice due to emergency repairs," the note read.

The pier — which is home to recreational fields, a trapeze school, a parking garage and docks for luxury yachts — has a caving roof and disintegrating underwater supports. 

The Trust's president, Madelyn Wils, told DNAinfo earlier this month that the Hudson River Park is seeking private funding and the creation of a business improvement district along the West Side. 

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