EDMOND, Okla. -- It's "game on" for residents in Edmond and beyond, as developers unveil plans to build a multi-million dollar sporting complex near I-35 and Covell.
The $15 million Summit Sports Complex will focus on three sports in a facility that will be 155,000 square feet.
It will feature eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, two indoor soccer fields and much more.
The general partners, Summit Sports Management, say the complex will be for all age groups, at all levels, and will eventually host clinics, regional tournaments - even programs for inner-city kids.
That's good news to former OSU and NBA star Desmond Mason, who is also part owner.
"It's very important, obviously," Mason said at Wednesday's press conference at the Edmond Community Center. "With inner city youth, you want to give them opportunities to get them off the streets and allow them to better themselves in a lot of different ways."
Also near I-35 and Covell, Edmond plans to spend $11 million on a hotel and conference center as a way to increase economic development and sales tax revenues for an area that officials are calling a "destination intersection."
The Summit Sports Complex will be constructed in the northeast quadrant of Covell and I-35 by the summer of 2015.
- 8 regulation basketball courts
- 16 regulation volleyball courts
- 2 indoor soccer fields
- Fitness and personal training
- Medical and physical therapy services
- 25,000 square feet of viewing and lounge space
- Casual and nutritional dining
The City of Edmond purchased nearly 20 acres of that intersection for $2 million.
As part of the agreement with Summit Sports Management, they will purchase the land from Edmond within 15 years.
The Edmond school district has purchased land next door, at Air Depot and Covell, for a possible fourth high school.
No timeline has been set for its construction.
A year ago, city council members approved seven deals to purchase 300 acres at Covell and I-35.
They agreed to spend $11 million on a hotel and conference center, in addition to the sports complex, as a way to increase economic development and sales tax revenues.