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SEP 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2016 9 $300 Million Soccer Complex Breaks Ground GRANDVIEW, MO — The city broke ground in August on a $300 million, one-of-a-kind soccer complex being billed as the largest youth sports complex plan in Missouri state history, according to WDAF- TV in Kansas City. The project includes 14 lit artificial-turf soccer fields, hotels and retail space. It will be the first soccer complex in the nation to include three hotels with 540 rooms. City leaders voted in mid-June to give developers a $61 million tax incentive to make the project happen. Another $9 million in city funding for the project area is expected to be raised by a 1 percent sales tax during the next 27 years. The project is expected to be complete by 2022 but leaders hope the soccer fields will be ready by next spring Events 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships To San Jose COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — San Jose's SAP Center was selected as host for the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be held Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. The 2018 U.S. Championships will serve as the final qualifying event prior to selecting and announcing the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team that will represent Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Competition and practice will be held at SAP Center at San Jose and Sharks Ice at San Jose. "U.S. Figure Skating is excited to return to San Jose for the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships," U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said. "The Bay Area is steeped in figure skating tradition with some of the sport's legends calling the area home. I'm confident that with their support and that of the community, the excitement of the 2018 U.S. Championships will create a dynamic environment, especially for those competing to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team." Held since 1914, the annual event is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, with past champions including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano and Scott Hamilton. Champions will be crowned in 20 events in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance at the championship, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. Championship-level competition will be Jan. 4-7, while juvenile-junior athletes will compete Dec. 30-Jan. 4. t SPORTS Talk

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