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New youth sports complex now in the works

A new youth sports complex in Corpus Christi would host soccer tournaments as well as other sports, bringing more sports tourism dollars to the region.

Request for proposals to build a new youth sports complex in Corpus Christi will go out July 27, Michael Morris told the city council on Tuesday. Morris is director for the city parks and recreation department. He has been working behind the scenes since the idea was originally floated in December to make the complex a reality.

Designed to increase sports tourism dollars spent in the city, the complex would be built on a 50-acre piece of land along State Hwy 286 on the city's Southside. The location is near the Bay Area Fellowship and would be donated by the city to a private entity that would build and operate the facility.

Interested developers will have 60 days to put together their visions for how the complex would look and how it would operate. Proposals would also include expected economic impact.

Morris told the council he plans to have the proposals evaluated by October 31 and a contract rewarded by December 31. A completed contract could be presented to the council in early 2015. Morris also hopes to build the complex without taxpayer dollars.

The facility would host regional, state and national events most weekends for baseball, soccer and basketball, bringing in parents and young athletics from around the state and country.

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