Dog Policy at the Maryland SoccerPlex
Please do not bring your dogs to the fields at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Despite the obvious reasons for not wanting to have dogs on or around our beautiful fields (read: waste), the main reason we have a rule that states there are no dogs allowed is because, frankly, not everyone loves dogs. We want to make everyone's time here at the SoccerPlex a fun and rewarding experience, and for those who may have a case of Cynophobia, dogs present an obstacle to that fun time occurring. The fields, grassy area around the fields, and pavement that intersects the fields are all owned by the Maryland SoccerPlex; we do not allow dogs in those areas.
These are the questions I always get concerning dogs, so I will answer them here:
Why do I see people walking their dogs along your paths? The Hard Surface Trails (See key in linked map - they're also called the South Germantown Perimeter Trail and Heart Smart trail) are actually owned by the Park Authority of Montgomery County, and they do allow dogs on those paths.
But doesn’t the Maryland SoccerPlex have their very own dog, why is he allowed? Boyd is an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, and he is an employee of the Maryland SoccerPlex. Boyd has been trained as a geese chaser, and will be expected to do that job in order to be a part of our organization. He will ride with Turf Management while on site, has been taught to respect patrons and keep his distance as part of the training program.
How do you police this? If we see you with a dog by one of our fields, we will ask you to take that dog back to your car, or move to the area immediately around one of the park walking paths. With nearly 300 games on SoccerPlex fields each weekend, however, we need people to act on an honor system and abide by the rules of the park. You wouldn't bring Fido on a golf course, please don't bring him here.
** Service dogs are not considered pets and ARE ALLOWED on the premises. From the Department of Justice website: “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and SPORTS FACILITIES, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.”