The Davis, CA City Council voted 5-0 in July to support a proposal for a new, large-scale sports complex that put early planning efforts into motion according to The Davis Enterprise newspaper.
The sports complex would address the growing need for playing fields for local teams. A six month study by the Sports Complex Task Force reported that the proposed complex would support the 6,000-plus Davis residents who participate in sports and could bring in big economic benefits as well as support for the city
The new complex could cover a 50- to 125-acre area and would serve primarily softball, baseball and soccer groups. The task force found three potential sites on the outskirts of Davis, but stated that it was out of its reach to recommend a specific location at this point in the process.
Surveys of organized and pick-up sports groups around town reported that 85 percent of sports groups said their current field resources don’t meet their needs and 42 percent travel outside of Davis for practices.
Some groups, such as Little League and Davis Youth Softball, have space to practice on proper diamonds only once a week, spending the rest of their practice time on any other grass spaces around town they can snag.
While the bill for building the new complex would land in the tens of millions, the task force recommended forming a nonprofit led by local sports groups that would cover the project
The new sports complex also would give local leagues new opportunities to host tournaments, which could not only help fund the sports complex, but also would provide economic draw for the citys hotels and restaurants, the task force reported. Cities of similar size to Davis earn up to $10 million a year in sports-related tourism, the task force report states.