LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Soccer moms and dads in Lee's Summit will soon have a shorter drive to get to their child's practice and games.
Developers broke ground Wednesday on a $212-million soccer facility called Paragon Star.
Located on 120 acres of land off I-470 and View High Drive, it will be a unique development because it will not only have 10 synthetic turf soccer fields but also include restaurants, retail stores and a hotel.
The number of kids playing soccer in the metro continues to rise, but there are only a limited number of fields available - many of them far away.
So these new fields will help Lee's Summit soccer families stay closer to home.
"There's such a need here in Lee's Summit where a lot of our soccer players and families have to go outside of Lee's Summit right now to practice, to play games, to play in league, and with Paragon Star coming in, that's a complete game changer," KC Select Soccer Co-Founder Chris Travalent said. "It'll bring everyone back into Lee's Summit."
They plan to build the fields over the next 15 months and begin playing soccer on them in the Spring of 2018.
"This is really a game changer for our city," Paragon Star developer Flip Short said. "The people that got together to put this together over the last six years, the city staff, the city council, we've been through multiple city councils that have supported this, almost unanimously through every vote, and it's a great project here for us and a lot more to come."