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More soccer fields will be served to supervisors

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(Source: Pima County) (Source: Pima County)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A vision of the future will land in front of the Pima County Board of Supervisors in two weeks, as they wrestle with the budget of the present.

With a proposed 19 fields, the Kino Memorial Sports Complex would combine with the current Kino Memorial Park to have a total of 28 fields in the area on both sides of I-10.  The 167 acres of land in the addition costs $8.75 million.  In two weeks, the Pima County Board of Supervisors must decide whether to spend $1.75 million for a down payment.

Soccer appears to have gained momentum over the years in Tucson with FC Tucson and professional games.  But some large amateur and youth tournaments went to Phoenix and Albuquerque.

The proposed complex would give the Tucson region the largest group of fields in the state.  While the Tucson Association of Realtors Shootout, presented by Fort Lowell Soccer Club had about $1.4 million of economic impact last year, in Phoenix during the recession the West Region Tournament brought $149 million of sales and $3.8 million in sales tax.

"The opportunity that we're going to have with this facility is incredible," District Two Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez said. "The benefit to our community is considerable.  So, I think, and I hope that my colleagues can be convinced on the (June) 17th to go ahead and support this concept and work together to come up with the money needed for the down payment and for the installments."

Those installments would be about $1.66 million a year for five years.  If voters do not approve the project in the 2015 bond election, the money would come from the general fund.

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