Stakeholders of a multimillion-dollar sports complex in northwest Springfield broke ground on the development this week.
The April 26 groundbreaking paves the way for Crossland Construction Co. Inc. to begin work on SGF Sports LLC’s new complex, according to a Facebook post from the development. Officials previously estimated the project would cost at least $10 million.
The complex, a sports destination planned by SGF Sports through a partnership with Philcrest Properties and L5 Sports Management & Consulting, was designed by H Design Group LLC to include 12 soccer fields, seating for 1,500 spectators and a 90,000-square-foot indoor complex, according to past reporting.
Springfield City Council earlier this month approved a conditional use permit to allow playing fields to operate within the highway commercial district and airport overlay district on West State Highway 266. Council previously gave the green light to a funding agreement with developer SGF Sports to reimburse up to $2.1 million for public infrastructure.
Businessperson and philanthropist Bobby Allison has pledged between $3 million and $3.5 million for fields and signage with naming rights, according to past Springfield Business reporting. The Facebook post by Sporting Springfield Soccer Club identifies the name as the Betty & Bobby Allison Sports Town.
“Shovels going in the ground is always a great sight and feeling,” the post reads. “Thank you Bobby Allison, Rob Phillips and the many others for making this a reality for our community.”
The fields are expected to open this year, with the indoor facility slated for completion in spring 2022.
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