GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Tuesday night Grandview city officials will decide whether to approve financing to build a one-of-a-kind soccer complex.
If approved the city will not just put in soccer fields. They also plan to build hotels, apartments, homes, restaurants and retail stores. It would be a one-stop shop for families who come in for soccer tournaments. The idea is that they won’t have to leave because everything they need is right in one place.
"People from all around the Midwest, the region, will come in for tournaments," Grandview city administrator Cory Smith said. "They'll be able to stay in one place for the whole weekend, keep the whole family together, have recreation, have retail, have restaurants to go to, and a hotel to stay in."
The project is expected to cost nearly $234-million and will include 40 homes, 3 hotels, and a massive field house where they can host indoor soccer, basketball and volleyball games in the winter.
One of the investors is the head of the Heartland Soccer Association. His teams currently play out at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, but the demand from soccer teams wanting to use those fields is so high, they need more of them. So they are teaming up with Grandview and the Gateway Sports Complex.
The new complex will have 15 artificial turf fields, and combined with Overland Park, it will be the largest soccer complex in the country.
Tuesday night the city council will vote on whether to approve $43-million in tax incentives for the developers, and city officials say the support is there to get this thing built.
They hope to break ground next month and have the soccer fields built by next spring.
City officials are confident the project will spark massive growth all along 150 Highway.