SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A new sports complex could come to Springfield soon and according to the developer, the construction of the project could bring 30 new jobs and increase tourism in the area.
Project developer Rob Haik with H Design Group says the developers have put a lot of time, and creative energy into the concept and operation of the proposed Springfield Sports Complex. Now it just needs the city’s assistance in providing infrastructure.
“So, it’s a relationship that we desire to have in hopes of providing the infrastructure to the site, that will come to the gateway to and from the airport,” said Rob Haik. “If we get the city support, in return not only are we going to drive up tourism, and provide real tax dollars to the community.”
The proposed location sits just on the boundaries of the city property lines, south of the Springfield-Branson Airport, west of deer lake golf course, and south of Missouri Highway 266. Developers hope the city will fund the infrastructure portion of the project that would provide sewer, streets, gas, and electricity.
Haik says the location will have great visibility and will spur commercial growth. He also adds the complex will create a real draw and a destination to Springfield. The developers made their final presentation to the council on November 3rd.
The $17 million project will feature 11 grass fields, one turf field, a 90,000 square feet building, indoor soccer fields, and two gymnasiums that can host four basketball courts or eight volleyball courts. The proposed location sits just on the boundaries of Springfield.
Haik says the Springfield Sports Complex will be an all-encompassing facility with both indoor and outdoor venues, something that other sports complexes don’t offer. Haik says he doesn’t believe the pandemic will delay construction on the project which they expect to start in the spring of 2021.
“We’ve been in a pandemic since march but the industry is not slowing down. The spirit of entrepreneurship is even stronger and more robust than ever. We feel like creative solutions and willingness to work have been strong attributes to our city. I’m sure there’ll be concerned with material availability and the likes, but in many, if not all of our projects the contractors and the working force are adapting to the current circumstances.”
The next step for the project is council approval and support for the annexation.