$22 million sports complex on track to open in February
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A new sports complex that leaders of a Mississippi city hope will attract visiting teams and increase tourism is on track for February completion.
The Vicksburg Post reports work is progressing on the $22 million complex, although fields were cut from nine to seven to stay within budget.
Patrick Farno, spokesman for the company building the park, says crews are installing lights and plan to begin laying artificial turf within a few weeks. Fences have been built and concrete slabs will soon be poured for buildings.
Farno says The Sports Force is already marketing the park in Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama as a site for tournaments.
Vicksburg will repay the company through lease payments financed by higher taxes on hotel rentals and sales of prepared food and drink.
Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com