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NOV 2017

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November 2017 24 recreation facilities director for the City of Marietta, said no fewer than five user groups are currently using the facility for soccer, lacrosse and flag football practices, league games, tournaments and showcases. Constructed at a cost of $7 million, the facility includes concessions, restrooms, offices, a utility building, maintenance shed, children's playground and a walking track that surrounds two of the fields. The complex was the site of an apart- ment complex that was purchased by the city and demolished to make room for improvements and further development. The complex was financed with a combination of park bond funds, a rede- velopment fund for the Franklin Gateway Corridor and a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation that helped pay for the Musco lighting, Buss said. The new sports complex now is the home to youth soccer and lacrosse games and tournaments that bring thousands of visitors to the city. Atlanta United plans to host tourna- ments and events at the city facility and the team has a six-field training facility and corporate offices in Franklin Gateway. The FGSC was constructed as part of a contractual agreement between the City of Marietta and Atlanta United, and both parties have options to share each other's locations, according to Buss. For more information, visit or Iowa City, Iowa. Michael Rooney, manager of sports development of the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said new projects are underway in addition to reno- vations at local facilities. Most notable is the new Iowa Arena and athlete training center that Coralville is planning in the Iowa River Landing (IRL), a 180-acre mixed-use development on Interstate 80. The arena will support the University of Iowa Club Hockey Team, the Iowa City-Coralville Hockey Association youth teams and a possible minor-league- level hockey team tenant team that is cur- rently being negotiated. Rooney said the 6,000-seat hockey arena and a new 120-room hotel will connect to the Iowa Fitness and Performance Institute. The project is scheduled to break ground in December and open in fall 2019. The arena will be equipped to host a variety of athletic events and tournaments, from wrestling and basketball to soccer and indoor football. The facility may also host concerts and special events. Rooney said a fitness and sports performance institute, museum and retail location, and hotels and parking would be located here. The total economic impact of the district is estimated in excess of $1.4 billion over a 20-year period. The arena and adjacent 53,000-square- foot fieldhouse will also provide additional space for sports events with five volleyball/ basketball courts and indoor baseball. The area is using the Spartan Cap method to add a sand cap to its soccer field at the I.C. Kickers Soccer Park's five soccer fields, to improve drainage and play with- out removing the existing turf and dam- aging the root system. The underground method allows people to stay and play on the field while renovations are taking place, according to Rooney. The 28-acre Napoleon Park is also undergoing turf and drainage upgrades on its fields. Napoleon park features an eight-ballfield complex for youth baseball and softball, along with batting cages, pow- ered scoreboards, bleachers, concessions, restrooms, a playground, walking trails and a picnic shelter. For more information, visit www.think ► Redding, Calif. The Redding, Calif., Convention and Visitors Bureau recently sponsored and partnered with the local Big League Dreams to complete upgrades and repairs by replacing play equipment, updating two scoreboards, re-painting replica fields and capping 900 feet of fencing. Upgrades were also made to lighting for play equipment and replacing trees, according to Sabrina Jurisich, sports commissioner with the CVB. For more information, visit www.visit or redding.bigleaguedreams. com or Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES Big League Dreams in Redding, Calif. An artist rendering of Iowa Arena and athlete training center in Iowa City, Iowa

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