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The groundbreaking for Cape Girardeau’s new indoor sports complex will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. on location at 583 Limbaugh Lane in Cape Girardeau. The public is invited to join the Cape Girardeau City Council and project leaders in a brief ceremony to celebrate this new project which will have long term economic impact for the region.
After the sports complex opens in early 2017, the City of Cape Girardeau anticipates drawing sporting events and tournaments from at least a four-state area. It will increase hotel night stays and visits to local restaurants and retail, especially during the cooler months of November through March.
The sports complex will house two indoor turf soccer fields, six hardwood basketball courts which will convert to 12 volleyball courts, indoor pitching and batting cages, meeting rooms, food/beverage services, offices and more.
The sports complex facility was one of several economic development and tourism projects reviewed by a committee in 2014 including a conference center, agritourism facility, and an indoor aquatics facility. To determine the best use of restaurant tax revenues to be collected through 2030, the committee conducted a feasibility study and several public meetings. Ultimately, the Council accepted the sports complex recommendation and staff opened a competitive bid process for the project. Midamerica Hotels Corporation submitted the winning proposal, partnering with Penzel Construction for a $12 million project which includes the design and construction of a 125,000 square-foot facility on 10.27 acres donated by Midamerica to the City.
Download PDF – Official News Release
This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. For additional information on the event and project, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Julia Thompson 573-339-6340.
Event photos from groundbreaking