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Stephen L. West

318 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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Marissa Fry
Jarred Tyler Hamm
Kristin LaVanway
Joni
Marc Garcia
Rich Adams
Michael Maruca, CHA
Emily Brozewicz
Ginger Spice
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Steve Jorgensen
Alissa Kissling
Tami Roden-Eggimann
Sarah Futrell
Kristin  Liljenquist
Rosie Clay
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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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Kelley Chavez Haenel

A banquet facility that could hold large crowds......I'm thinking my first fundraiser gala?! I know so may people that could benefit from a space like this!

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Kelley Chavez Haenel

Here’s another exciting look at what’s possible at this Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.......volleyball, anyone!?

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Kelley Chavez Haenel

Wow, even I hadn’t thought of how awesome this would be as a site for premier wrestling events!

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Kelley Chavez Haenel

Can you imagine how many companies, schools, and nonprofits can hold functions here! As a founder of a non profit myself this would be huge for Mesa!

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Sharon

I would refer anyone who thinks this is a benefit to the general public to refer to Time magazine's article of Aug. 24. This is what people in this thread are wanting to fund when they say they support kids sports .
time.com/4913687/how-kids-spor...

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How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry

‘For better or worse, youth sports is being privatized’

time.com/4913687/how-kids-spor...

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Michelle Herrick
Michelle Herrick
Aug 30, 2017

There was not one bit of that article that would or should sway someone's opinion of building a great sports complex that meets the ALREADY established needs in the east valley. The only thing that article shows is how some parents can and may be extremely passionate about their kids' sports...that's not a bash on the facilities. This facility will be a good thing and if anything the article proves that point. So thank you!

Posted by Michelle Herrick on Aug 30, 2017
Katie Hatcher McDonald
Katie Hatcher McDonald
Aug 30, 2017

I fully agree with Ben and Michelle. The need is great. This article only highlights the overly passionate parents that make team sports a way of life. Items that foster activities, especially during the summer are very few. I'm sick and tired of having to spend a pile of money to get them out of the house when it's hot. Which is a majority of the year. This also serves a bigger purpose than just kids sports. I think we've all noticed the rise in residency for the East Valley in the past several years, so why not put in a facility that many can use just like Red Mountain Multi-generational Center but on a grander scale.

Posted by Katie Hatcher McDonald on Aug 30, 2017
Neris Valencia
Neris Valencia
Aug 30, 2017

If parents want to spend the kind of money is up to them, but my oldest son is been playing soccer since he was 5, now he is 12
and I don't regret nothing what we spend, because he love the sport also always have a good grades by club request and they don't have time to be in the couch thinking garbage, I can tell you my kids work hard enough to get scholarships for college, I spend around $5,000 per kid at year but I see that, as a investment in my kids future, I don't want to see my kids in the street with bad influence or sitting in couch the all day doing nothing.. am sorry but I think your coment is out of context, besides you don't take it in cosideration the amount of money the city of Mesa can get, bringing more visitors from other states to participate in tournaments.

Posted by Neris Valencia on Aug 30, 2017
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City of Mesa, AZ

We've gotten even more great ideas related to this one that we've combined them to help them gain even more steam! All of the comments and "Me too" votes have been transferred over from the following ideas:

David A. Wier
We want a Multi-purpose, multi-field,youth and ametuer sports complex (soccer fields) in Mesa.

Kelley Chavez Haenel
We want a multi-purpose, multi-field youth and amateur sports complex, both indoor and outdoor space in Mesa.

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City of Mesa, AZ

We've had so many great ideas related to this one that we've combined them to help them gain even more steam! All of the comments and "Me Too" votes have been transferred over from the following ideas:

David G
I want more Soccer Fields in Mesa

Misty Bowlby
I want a sports complex in Mesa.

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Posted Aug 9, 2017
David Samuel
David Samuel
Aug 9, 2017

We need a soccer complex. Something on the level of Phoenix's Reach 11. The facility would be a major boost to Mesa's economy - drawing major, national tournaments.

Posted by David Samuel on Aug 9, 2017
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Rich Adams

As has been suggested in a previous post, the indoor Field House can accommodate more than sports events and related activities. At 110,000 sq.ft. the Field House actually becomes Mesa’s largest meeting space and can accommodate conferences, tradeshows and event banquets at the following capacities:

• 7,000 - 9,000 people at theatre style seating or reception flow depending on the size and scope of any staging involved
• 650 10x10 tradeshow exhibits
• 5,000 people at banquet rounds of 10 (depending on stage requirements)
• 5,000 people classroom style seating

This means we as a city could accommodate corporate, association, government and trade group meetings and events. It means large charitable banquet fundraisers no longer need to be held in Scottsdale or Phoenix for lack of requisite space in Mesa. It means we have more options and improving quality of life here. Let Mesa Play!

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Posted Jul 29, 2017
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Kelley Chavez Haenel
Jul 29, 2017

Totally agree! Not only am I a soccer mom but a founder of a Non-profit as well. This indoor facility would be huge for fundraising purposes for me. Meeting space to banquet halls. Its such an amazing opportunity for Mesa!

Posted by Kelley Chavez Haenel on Jul 29, 2017
Maggie
Maggie
Jul 29, 2017

How about something for East Mesa. A couple of hours of lights at night for the families and kids for tennis , basketball. We pay taxes out here also. We are not asking for a fancy hall just something for the families , like lights for a couple of hours.

Posted by Maggie on Jul 29, 2017
Maggie
Maggie
Jul 29, 2017

The East Mesa schools have basketball, tennis courts etc but no lights. Doesn't seem fair that you want a big fancy arena and we don't get any benefit. All we need are lights for an hour or so. Put a timer on them like Gilbert and Apache Jct does at there basketball and tennis courts. Think of the residents, families and children .

Posted by Maggie on Jul 29, 2017
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