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NOV 2017

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Page 22 of 59 November 2017 23 a 40,000-square-foot fieldhouse, a multi- sport outdoor turf field and a 2,500-seat grandstand. Eugene Civic Alliance (ECA) is the 501(c)(3) corporation overseeing the project, according to Tracy Brandt, mar- keting manager with Eugene Cascades and Coast and Travel Lane County. The fieldhouse will be operated by KIDSPORTS, a local youth sports non- profit. KIDSPORTS's offices will be located within the facility, in addition to four middle-school-sized basketball courts that can be converted to NCAA- sized courts or six to seven volleyball, pickleball, futsal or badminton courts. The facility will also include storage areas, locker rooms and conference rooms. The outdoor full-size field will host professional soccer games or be divided into smaller fields for youth tournaments. ECA hopes to improve community fitness by providing access to sports and recreation while boosting the local economy by increasing the area's sports tourism, according to Brandt. Lane United Football Club, the local minor league team, will be an anchor tenant and the local community recreation leagues will benefit from having the fields at Civic Park. Brandt said other leagues and groups, including Playground Sports, the Eugene Timbers Futbol Club, and local colleges and recreational leagues will use the fields. When not booked locally, the fields can be used for special events, tournaments and championship games. "Eugene is poised to become a prime destination for youth sporting events," Brandt said. "The existing infrastruc- ture of transportation, accommodations, restaurants and attractions make Eugene an ideal destination for tournaments, championship games and showcases." With continued support and financial contributions from the community, the Civic Park project is halfway to its $35 million capital campaign and plans to break ground on the facility once 80 percent of the goal has been reached. Civic Park will take 18 months to construct and is expected to be complete in 2019. "Just as Civic Stadium served as a hub for community events and recreation, Civic Park will provide a place for people of all ages to enjoy watching and playing sports," Brandt said. "Most importantly, it will pro- mote play and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities." For more information, visit ► Marietta, Ga. The City of Marietta, Ga., located in Cobb County, opened the new Franklin Gateway Sports Complex (FGSC) in September. The complex has three artifi- cial-turf fields that can host a variety of sports. The fields are permanently striped at 112-feet by 75-feet for soccer and have permanent striping for regulation men's lacrosse. Rich Buss, parks and ► Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES

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