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Erika B

I personally don't know what it takes to make this happen, but I wanted to share my idea.

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Posted Sep 22, 2017
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Keith T

Where exactly will this be located? Renderings of the project give pretty much no details on location and peoples' posts are about youth sports in general, but not much meat on the proposed project.

We have two soccer facilities already in the Red Mountain area: Red Mountain Soccer Complex and Quail Run. Will one of these be expanded to house this? Closed? Replaced?

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Posted Sep 14, 2017
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Sep 21, 2017

Furthermore, while you see “soccer” fields the project represents far more than a “soccer complex.” I won’t even address here all the opportunities that come with the 110K sq.ft field house. It alone makes this project much more than a soccer complex. You can read all about those details in other posts here. Let’s just focus on the fields which is drawing your attention. You build multi-purpose fields at soccer dimensions (120x80) so that all the other field sports like field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, American football, Ultimate Frisbee, canine agility events, will fit on the fields. Soccer fields are generally the largest fields. Building fields at soccer dimensions allows your potential pipeline of business to be as large as possible. This complex – at 24 fields – allows us to pursue 95% of all the field tournament business out there in sports tourism universe. Sports event organizers want to book facilities at which their entire tournament – or as much of it as possible – is held at one facility. It becomes cost prohibitive for them to have split operations at multiple fields and locations in a given city. Moreover, many of the events we aim to book are college showcases…meaning college coaches are on site to recruit the kids playing in the tournament. These college coaches do not want to drive all over town going from one facility to the next as they track down players they’re interested in recruiting. It’s not so much they don’t want to do it. They WON’T do it. They’ll go to another tournament in another city at which the most of the play is contained inside one complex.

Posted by Kelley Chavez Haenel on Sep 21, 2017
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Sep 21, 2017

Like it or not, this is the sports landscape today. I encourage you to watch the video I posted below that is currently airing on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. It is in Mesa’s best interest to capitalize on this business and these visitor dollars. Remember, it is these imported visitor dollars that help Mesa balance their budgets while providing public services to us citizens. It’s been proven for well over a decade now that Mesa, like so many other Valley cities, cannot sustain their budgets without imported visitor dollars. This is a fact. Thus, we must encourage our city government to make smart investments in infrastructure and products like this Sports Complex to keep the sales tax revenue coming in while keeping OUR resident taxes lower in the long run.
 
Finally, please understand this…Sports Tourism is a nearly recession proof business. Families may forgo their vacation at the beach, especially when times are tough financially, but they will not forgo their child’s opportunity to be seen by a college at these tournaments. So, what do they do? They make mini-vacations out of these tournaments and they do them all year long.
 
It’s a phenomenal project that helps Mesa in so many different ways. Brand Recognition. Quality of Life Enhancement. Substantially More Sales Tax Revenues. Substantially More Hotel Tax Revenues. Point of Pride. We build this and we start changing people’s minds about Mesa. Slowly, but surely, more and more people across the country will hear about Mesa. They’ll finally know where we are. Maybe we’ll stop being the largest city in the country nobody has ever heard of! I hope you support this project!

Posted by Kelley Chavez Haenel on Sep 21, 2017
Nycole Leyba
Nycole Leyba
Sep 22, 2017

Kelly,

Not sure what your involvement in this project is, but you seem to have a lot of knowledge. I'm hoping you and your project leaders can figure out a way to support your project without it being at our (local residents) expense.

Posted by Nycole Leyba on Sep 22, 2017
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Concerned Citizen

Instead of ratting out your neighbors and whining to the City about enforcement, maybe people should try to help each other more. Most people want to keep their houses looking nice, but get overwhelmed by all the work involved. Some people are disabled and can't afford to hire help. If neighbors would just give up one day at the gym and help each other, their neighborhoods would look better.

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Posted Aug 18, 2017
Grandma Lulu
Grandma Lulu
Sep 21, 2017

I agree with you but that is not what am seeing in my neighborhood. I am seeing younger people who own these houses and who do not try to care of their property. They have over grown weeds, trash in the front yards, broke down and running cars parked all over their front yards too, not to mention the overgrown allies that also have parked cars and RV's in them. If we were to have an issue with the power or water we will be in trouble because they will not be able to access the allies.

Posted by Grandma Lulu on Sep 21, 2017
Grandma Lulu
Grandma Lulu
Sep 21, 2017

I am not even talking about painting their houses all I want is the city code enforcement to come into the neighborhoods and start by making them clean up their property. My experience has been that the code enforcement only comes into the neighborhood if someone tells on a neighbor for something and then they ignore all the other violations in that same neighborhood. I know this because my neighbor had a complaint to trim their trees but the neighbor right next door has two broken down cars in front yard with windows broke out and 1ft weeds covering the entire front yard and nothing was said to them. While they are there why don't they go through the neighborhood and clean it all up at once. Just saying not that hard to do if you are already there and you want to make the city a nice place.

Posted by Grandma Lulu on Sep 21, 2017
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Kari Wagner

Hi. I am a director of Soul Center Project at 420 W Mahoney. So excited to read this post! We share in this vision ❤️ Soul Center Project is a non profit healing center for the community to gather in unity for the highest good of all. Hi!!!

We have a 6500 sq space in our backyard- located off of Country Club and Main Street. Today we met with a team of local Permaculturists, but we need all the help we can get from the community! We would love to connect!!

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Posted Sep 18, 2017
Pamela Ransom
Pamela Ransom
Sep 18, 2017

I'm so excited reading your post! Count me in! I'm a retired first grade teacher, so I didn't really have any experience, but I'd be happy to help out. Let me know how I can assist!

Posted by Pamela Ransom on Sep 18, 2017
Trey Haltom
Trey Haltom
Sep 21, 2017

Hi Keri,
I'm presently in North Phoenix with my daughter who is the president of my music publishing company, and were trying to finish our main product distribution web site. In the meantime I will be coming to meas this weekend, and hope we can make a connection. give me a call at (602) 619-2117. I will probably make it there around noon

Posted by Trey Haltom on Sep 21, 2017
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