Cape Girardeau City Council approves plan for new sports complex

Cape Girardeau City Council approves plan for new sports complex

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - How will the city of Cape Girardeau decide to spend your tax dollars?

On Monday night, Nov. 17, the council voted and unanimously approved a plan for a new $19.8 million sports complex, according to Scott Williams with the Parks and Recreation Department.

The plan proposed that the sports complex be built with money currently generated from a restaurant tax that runs through 2030.

The results of the tax money is already visible with facilities like the River Campus, Osage Centre and Show Me Center.

A committee studied the project for months and decided on in indoor sports complex instead of an agricultural expo center, aquatic center or a hotel and restaurant convention center.

Why? According to parents, coaches and committee members, the demand for such a facility is currently great with in the city for not only existing teams and tournaments but also outside communities to bring big tournaments here.

"As a coach, we sometimes find it hard to book times for games and practices even though we already have three facilities," said Kevin Noel. "it would be great to be able to bring in outside tournaments and keep a lot of our teams local and have another place to play and practice. It's exciting for kids and parents."

The facility would include turf for things like indoor soccer, hardwood floors for basketball and volleyball and also batting and golf cages and a walking track.

"These are the kind of things outside organizations are looking for. It's not just Cape that uses out facilities it's so many outside communities," said Scott Williams of the parks and recreations department who served as resource for the committee. "The money generated by filling our hotels and restaurants could be huge for our local economy. This would be state of the art, all under one roof like you see near St. Louis or Kansas City.

Mark Lanzotti of the city council served as the liaison.

"It's really the choice that would make the most sense economically because it would be self-sustainable," said Lanzotti. Up against the other options he said the committee decided the demand was greatest for this type of facility.

If the council approves the plan during the meeting the next steps will be whether or not to renovate an existing structure or build something new. A time has also not been set for discussion.

Stay with Heartland News for the latest on this developing story after the meeting at 7 pm.

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