LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Another huge soccer complex is in the planning stages for the metro area. Developers want to create a $230 million sports complex and entertainment village on the northeast corner of Interstate 470 and View High Drive. City leaders want it to become a marquis gateway for the western edge of Lee's Summit, Mo.
The city owns about 78 acres that it would combine with private land to create a soccer complex with 14 fields that developers want to be among the best in the nation.
The vision includes restaurants, a 100-room hotel and 250 apartments -- all within walking distance of the synthetic turf fields.
There are plans to include a grocery store, and developers say they're trying to attract a bowling alley and movie theater, to rival the attractions in Kansas City's Power and Light District.
Developers are using the Overland Park soccer complex as a model, but claim Lee's Summit's version will be better because those who come to play here won't have to leave for anything.
"It can be a destination location for a lot of potential participants," said Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads. "They can come here, the youth can play soccer, but between games there are other things for them to do. Shop, eat. There are actually going to be places to stay here, as I understand it. That has a lot of appeal."
The sports complex would include a championship field with at least 3,500 seats. All the fields will be lit and heated and cooled for year-round play. They also could be used to host lacrosse, which is a growing sport in the metro. Plans also include sand volleyball courts.
Developers claim market studies show the complex could host 21 soccer tournaments a year, attracting 120,000 people on tournament weekends.