Valdeci Ribeiro has had two careers over the course of his life — enjoying soccer professionally in Europe and working granite and marble companies within the U.S.
Now, each of these paths are colliding in a warehouse in Hanover.
Ribeiro is making ready to open a soccer sportsplex at 11211 Washington Freeway in a spare warehouse that was previously the house of his firm, Absolute Stone Design, which gives marble and granite for residential and business builds.
A local Brazilian, Ribeiro left his homeland at 17 to go play soccer professionally abroad.
“I performed for seven years in Spain and Portugal. I didn’t play within the prime division, I performed second and third division,” he stated.
He made his strategy to America in 1994 when he got here to look at the World Cup together with his brother, who lived within the U.S.
“He was over right here doing development and stated, ‘Once you retire from soccer, why don’t you come over right here to work for me?’ I ended enjoying soccer in 1996, then moved to Boston,” Ribeiro stated.
Over the following few years he began and offered a granite enterprise in Boston. After transferring to Richmond, he began Absolute Stone Design and has run it for greater than 20 years.
“I got here to Virginia to go to a good friend and stated, ‘I’ll transfer right here.’ The climate’s higher, individuals are nicer and the price of residing is inexpensive,” Ribeiro stated.
About 5 years in the past he purchased and opened a brand new, greater showroom for Absolute Stone Design throughout the road at 11200 Washington Freeway, whereas retaining possession of the previous warehouse to make use of for storage. Ribeiro’s now determined to show it into what he believes will probably be Hanover’s first indoor soccer facility.
The soccer facility will home an indoor subject that’s barely smaller than a full-size pitch and can accommodate 7-on-7 video games.
“It’s not a full-size subject, but it surely’ll be 120 toes by 80 toes and could have partitions and the whole lot,” Ribeiro stated. “My staff all play soccer so we’ll end working and are available play each night time.”
Ribeiro stated he’s obtained plans to arrange each pick-up video games and leagues. Futsal, a kind of soccer performed with a smaller, barely heavier ball, will even be performed on the sportsplex.
The power will even embrace a room for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a small store that’ll promote soccer gear, in addition to a bar.
“We’re going to do Brazilian and Spanish meals like empanadas and tacos,” Ribeiro stated, who is also a co-owner of the Ashland Meat Co. at Cross Brothers.
Ribeiro stated he’s self-funding the buildout, which he estimates will run about $500,000.
The power, anticipated to open in Could, is known as Val’s Sportsplex for now, however Ribeiro stated he’s planning to vary the title.