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Stephen L. West

193 neighbors want a multi-purpose, multi-field youth and amateur sports complex in Mesa.


Such a site will create an important destination for Mesa, generating interest not only throughout the greater Phoenix area but throughout the entire southwest and beyond.  Thousands will come into Mesa, generating spending that will help local businesses and bed tax and sales tax that will help the City.  It will also provide a sorely needed venue for youth and amateur sports events.   I have attached an aerial view and rendering of the project.

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Kristin LaVanway
Joni
Marc Garcia
Michael Maruca, CHA
Emily Brozewicz
Ginger Spice
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Steve Jorgensen
Alissa Kissling
Tami Roden-Eggimann
Sarah Futrell
Kristin  Liljenquist
Rosie Clay
Della Kemp
Charlene Beidle Fujino
Mary List
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Dorothy Gray

Would love to see a complex in the East Valley to support soccer and other sports!!! As a business owner in Mesa, I would love the business this new complex would bring to the Mesa.

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Posted Jul 25, 2017
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Lisa L

Soccer is in high demand, a growing sport in the US and there are not enough fields in Mesa for demand. it's a family-friendly sport and great for kids and adults alike to stay active.

A large venue would bring in large tournaments with out of state participants which means additional tourism (hotels, restaurants and retail) to the area.

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Posted Jul 25, 2017
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Rich Sikes

It's for the best

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Posted Jul 19, 2017
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Sharon

The city has built some sort of sport facility at Extension and Southern. Is it being used? I have no children of a young and never had interest in trying to make professional athletes out of small children. I realize many people want to spend the equivalent of college tuition each year on enrolling their children in traveling sport programs, I seriously do not think the general public or the city benefits from this and it is a luxury for a few. Like professional sports, the public is under no obligation to support a private hobby or business that benefits a few people, especially in these times of tight budgets. Obviously public parks and pools have a wide benefit and can be enjoyed by all, huge swaths of expensive to maintain, water wasting fields to benefit private elite sport clubs, not so beneficial

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Posted Jul 15, 2017
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Jul 18, 2017

I agree Fess! It is no ones concern how I spend my money. I am spending money to help my kids join a group that they will forever be friends with and keeping them from sitting on a couch all day playing video games. I have been to a handful of out of town tournaments and the mom and pop restaurants sometime depend on tournament weekends to keep their business alive.

This complex will do more than just have soccer. Splash pads for parents to take their kids, meeting rooms for small business owners who don't have an office building, a large enough meeting room to have events indoor and outdoor.

Posted by Kelley Chavez Haenel on Jul 18, 2017
Sharon
Sharon
Jul 19, 2017

I am not missing the point. I actually have held museum and zoo memberships, attend many of the arts center programs and worked in downtown Mesa for nearly 20 years. So I've seen a lot of change. I do not believe promoting semi-professonal sports programs that cater to elite athletes is a wise use of public money. I don't care how you spend your money, if you want to pay thousands of dollars to travel with your child who may or may not make a sports career that is entirely up to you. But you are not talking about picnics in the park, splash pads or public swimming pools or recreation facilities. You are talking about Olympic grade fields that will be used by traveling sport teams. Public parks are one thing, this isn't what you're asking for.

Posted by Sharon on Jul 19, 2017
Marc Garcia
Marc Garcia
Jul 25, 2017

Sharon - As a matter of probable fact, the complex will likely include other amenities such as a quad of Little League fields, sand volleyball courts, along with standard park features like monkey bars, outdoor basketball courts, carousels and a splash pad. A dog park may also find its way onto the campus. Further, the 110K sq.ft. field house will accommodate just about every kind of indoor sports and activity you can imagine for both tournament and league play, as well as recreational programming for both kids and adults.

More, the field house can accommodate corporate/association/government/community conferences, trade shows and banquets. Also, it could be a new home for Mesa high school graduations and proms. More/New renderings will soon be released to give you a clearer understanding of the size, scope and reach of this community complex, which will be a destination driver and a cataylst for other economic development projects.

Remember, the City, County and State are heavily reliant on sales tax revenues to make budgets work and help pay for essential public services like street/road improvements, jails, community colleges, libraries, trash collection, etc. Thus, we should be encouraging smart investments like this project to entice more visitor dollars - and subsequent tax receipts - to Mesa.

Posted by Marc Garcia on Jul 25, 2017
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Chris Bailey

My Kids will be grown out of club soccer by the time this could be completed, but I know first hand how much money is spent on tournament weekends at restaurants, hotels, snacks, fuel, etc because we have been doing it for years. With that is a lot of potential sales tax revenue.

It is one of the best ideas I have heard of for a piece of vacant land the city already owns.

Just look at what Phoenix has done with Reach 11 and it is always busy.

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Posted Jul 14, 2017
Mary List
Mary List
Jul 14, 2017

I have to agree. Soccer tournaments are a huge business. I have friends (adults) that travel around the country playing in co-ed soccer tournaments, and I know they spend a lot of cash. Mesa could big draw crowds in the cooler months, providing a nice source of additional revenue, while offering year-round benefits to locals.

Posted by Mary List on Jul 14, 2017
Veronica Sofia
Veronica Sofia
Jul 14, 2017

I agree. We're a soccer family and we spend so much time and money driving to the far side of Gilbert for practice and North Scottsdale and Deer Valley for tournaments. It could be a huge revenue stream for the city, plus jobs!

Posted by Veronica Sofia on Jul 14, 2017
Brian Cisek
Brian Cisek
Jul 15, 2017

Agree 100% A facility like this has great value to a community. Not only for families that enjoy athletics, but for attracting business as well. If marketed and operated correctly, it will be a huge asset. "If you build it - they will come."

Posted by Brian Cisek on Jul 15, 2017
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Jon

PLEASE do this!

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Posted Jul 14, 2017
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Cari Williams

I would love to include some sand volleyball courts in a complex like this. Mesa is way behind the surrounding districts that already provide beach volleyball as an official AIA sport. We need courts to catch up with our neighbors.

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Posted Jul 13, 2017
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Jul 18, 2017

Cari, the rendering has sand volleyball courts!

Posted by Kelley Chavez Haenel on Jul 18, 2017
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Matthew Hussey

We could really use this facility!

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Posted Jul 12, 2017
Bob McNichols
Bob McNichols
Jul 12, 2017

I'm with Matthew. Longbow Golf Club looks forward to the multi-sport facility joining us in the world class sporting facilities category of the Mesa Falcon District.

Posted by Bob McNichols on Jul 12, 2017
Steve Jorgensen
Steve Jorgensen
Jul 12, 2017

I can tell you purely from a soccer perspective that this complex is badly needed. The struggle for both recreational and competitive teams in the East Valley is tough. Not only are you competing for field space with the other soccer clubs and organizations, you are competing with the city run leagues, flag football etc. Those city leagues will always take priority leaving the private organizations like AYSO and club soccer teams at odds for the remaining field space. What they charge for that field space, especially at night, is not cheap. I am guessing that these fields would not only be self sustaining, but revenue generating. That being the case. This seems like a no brainer to me.

Posted by Steve Jorgensen on Jul 12, 2017
A Cervantes
A Cervantes
Jul 14, 2017

I completely agree! I have lived in East Mesa for 20 years and as a soccer mom, it would be great to participate in an East Valley tournament...and actually be able to play IN the East Valley! This facility would be a fantastic and much needed addition to Mesa. It is an investment well worth making for our children and our community!

Posted by A Cervantes on Jul 14, 2017
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