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  • County officials unveil expansion at Kino Sports Complex

    Jan 16, 2020 | Read More News
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    ribbon cuttingKino Sports Complex and Pima County officials joined by representatives from various local sports leagues, community partners and members of the public unveiled Phase 1 of the Kino South Complex expansion Wednesday, Jan. 15, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event.

    The South Complex expansion project began as an economic goal in Pima County’s 2012-2014 Economic Development Plan. County officials saw the demand for a local sports tournament venue and realized the opportunities for attracting new business and other sports to the region. 

    “It really is a step forward for all of us here in Pima County. For our businesses, a chance for all of us to proposer and the continued development of this area in the south side,” Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías said.

    Today, with the opening of the South amenities, Kino Sports Complex spans more than 300 acres and has become the largest outdoor sporting and entertainment venue in Southern Arizona and the Southwest region. 

    “It was really designed to keep all of our families in Tucson and Pima County from having to drive up I-10 and to have events and tournaments in the Phoenix metropolitan area,” Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said. “It will attract teams and activities from Albuquerque to Los Angeles. That's its entire purpose. It's here to provide the assets for the community to develop and enjoy at the same time.”
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    The project, led by Pima County’s Project Management Office, came in ahead of schedule at a total construction cost of $31.2 million, which was fully funded using Kino Stadium District and tourism-related taxes and fees. The initial improvements in Phase 1, which is the foundation for the South Complex, include 12 lighted natural grass long fields for rugby, football, soccer, lacrosse and other sports; a 20-court pickleball facility; concessions; parking for more than 700 vehicles, locker rooms and other ancillary amenities. 

    “We've had many discussions over the last two to three years to get where we are and we're still having those about what to add, what's necessary, what we need to do to make it better and more enjoyable for the public and the future,” Huckelberry said. 

    Future improvements will involve public private partnerships to develop about 90 remaining acres of property master planned for sports amenities, such as a stadium, indoor court facility or other outdoor recreational uses and sports-related private hospitality support services such as hotels, restaurants and retail components.

    “There's a lot on the horizon,” President and CEO of Visit Tucson Brent DeRaad said. “We're very excited to have the opportunity to be able to market this expanded facility. This is one of the top facilities in the Southwest when it comes to flat field opportunities – soccer, lacrosse, football and many others.”

    Following the ceremony, attendees toured the South Complex facility, which officially opens for business Jan. 17 for the 30th Annual Fort Lowell Soccer Shootout. This tournament draws participation from about 385 youth soccer teams from the region. In years prior, league organizers have had to spread games across various City parks. This will be the first time this tournament is held exclusively at one venue.

    pickleball“To have it all in one central location is great for the community who attends as well as for all the traveling teams who aren't familiar with Tucson,” Kat Jackson, Executive Director of the Ft. Lowell Shootout said. “These high-level fields and facilities here are unmatched across the United States.”

    From Jan. 29-Feb.1, the South Complex will host the pickleball component of the City of Tucson’s Senior Olympic Festival.

    Speakers during the event included Richard Elías, Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors; Ramón Valadez, District 2, Pima County Board of Supervisors; Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Visit Tucson President and CEO Brent DeRaad; and McGann & Associates President Donald McGann. 

    For more details about the venue, info on how to reserve the facility and to see upcoming events, visit Kino Sports Complex at kinosportscomplex.com