The Corpus Christi City Council voted 7-0 to approve a 40-year agreement with a private company to lease 68 acres of city-owned land for the construction and operation of a regional youth sports complex.
The sports complex plans include both indoor and sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, a playground and basketball courts, among other amenities, according to the council presentation.
Officials have estimated that the facility would draw more than 420,000 people to its doors.
Regional youth sports tournaments are popular events, proponents have said, and it is expected that being a host would bring in significant sales tax dollars. It’s thought the economic impact could be about $21.5 million per year, according to company estimates.
Under the contract, the private business – SQH Sports & Entertainment – would lease the city-owned property for $1 per year. The company would be responsible for both constructing and operating the facility.
As part of the contract, developers also will acquire 30 acres of private property adjacent to the city-owned land. It’s expected the 30-acre property would be developed with retail and leisure services, company representatives said.