Basketball Project Will Lift Sports Tourism In Area
PETERSBURG, Virginia -- A Prince George High School graduate and NBA player is giving back to the community and at the same time could boost sports tourism in the region.
Reggie Williams is aiming to make Petersburg a destination for sports tourism with the addition of a 50,00 square foot, three-court basketball arena to the Petersburg Sports Complex.
Petersburg City Council recently approved a transfer of five acres of the city-owned Ball Park Drive property at no cost to the Reggie and Pamela Williams Foundation to be used for the facility. The stadium would host Amateur Athletic Union sports tournaments.
In December 2013, Council voted to transfer to the foundation four acres of the proposed site located to the south east of the Petersburg Sports Complex near its entrance. Additional land was needed to provide adequate drainage for the site and also expanded the facility's size by 18,000 square feet.
In return for the land, the project must be a taxable capital investment of at least $2 million.
Vandy Jones, director of economic development for Petersburg, said that the facility would have the capacity to host 12 AAU basketball teams at once. AAU tournaments would be the facility’s main source of revenue.
“AAU is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer sport organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, AAU is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs,” said Tami Yerby, Petersburg director of parks and leisure services. “All AAU events across the United States are simply a boom in the hotel/food industry. The city of Petersburg is very excited about this venture as it will bring thousands of travelers to our city.”
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Source: The Progress Index