A Future Youth Soccer Complex for Mobile?

MOBILE, Alabama -- We know more about a proposed soccer complex to be built in the city of Mobile. It would be built in three phases on more than a hundred acres of land at the corridor of I-65 and I-10 off Halls Mill Road.


Engineers presented the plans at Monday morning’s Mobile County Commission meeting. The first phase would include five champion fields that could be divided into ten youth fields. That phase would cost $9.8 million dollars. Future phases would include a water park and natatorium, or swimming pool facility, if funding could be found.


But, not everyone warmly welcomed the idea. Engineers presented the plans showing drawings of the complex. County Commission President Connie Hudson spoke in favor of approving a master plan for the complex, but Commissioner Jerry Carl said it was too expensive, and wanted to see one built off McDonald Road. That brought about this exchange between Hudson and Carl. 
Hudson said, “Commissioner, I heard you say in a meeting several months ago during the discussion that you were going to move ahead with your project anyway.” 
Carl said, “I was told to step aside and let you put…”
But, before Carl finished, Hudson said, “Who told you to step aside? I certainly didn’t. You are welcome to move forward if you can do this. If you can do it cheaper, than God’s speed to you.”

Carl then said, “I can’t get any support out of this commission.”


Commissioner Merceria Ludgood said she saw this proposal as one step forward and said the big question was, if it’s approved by the commission, how to pay for it.Ludgood said, “I think that’s sellable. I think we can sell that to a private developer. We can sell that to people who might want to invest in it, but, we’ve just got to answer all those questions.” 
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