Hayden, Idaho, Monday, February 27, 2012~ A group of parents and local investors have established the North Idaho Sports Complex, LLC for the purpose of acquiring land to develop a centrally located sports complex. The group’s initial proposal is for phased development of a 16-field soccer complex on approximately 40 acres. The plan includes an eventual championship field with lights.
The Coeur d’Alene Sting Soccer Club, a non-profit organization established in 1985, will be instrumental in helping to develop the land through fundraising and other efforts. Mike Thompson, former Gonzaga Men’s Assistant Coach and current Sting Director of coaching and player development stated, “the club will be leasing the facility for 20-years, however the complex is not just for the Sting Soccer Club, nor is it only for soccer. Our community has needed a centrally located multi-sport facility for a long time and this group came together over the last couple of years to help make this a reality.”
Mike further commented, “The demographics and untapped potential economic impact of such a facility on our community is impressive. For instance, Sting’s annual Hot Shot Tournament, held each May, has approximately 4,000 participants from a number of states and Canada, and brings in an estimated $1.1 million to our local economy. It is anticipated that this complex, once completed, will allow for the hosting of a variety of tournaments and other sporting events that cannot currently be hosted in our region.
While the plan initially provides land for soccer field development, the group has secured additional land and is currently evaluating the opportunity to create a second sports complex for something other than soccer in the future.
Additional details will be released as progress occurs.
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