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Yukon city council approves land for a new sports complex

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YUKON, Okla. - Yukon is one step closer to becoming a recreational destination.

Recently, the City Council approved hundreds of acres of land for a new sports complex, an attraction that will impact the city and surrounding communities.

The complex will be 243 acres worth with soccer fields, baseball fields, playgrounds, trails and more.

"You'll see development occurring all over this area,” said Yukon City Manager Grayson Bottom.

Yukon's City Manager said the community needs a central place to enjoy activities and the outdoors.

"A place to come and recreate all across from the entire region. It's proximity from I-40 makes it the perfect location," said Bottom.

The Yukon Soccer Club will be a huge group to benefit from the new soccer fields on the plans.

"The kids will have astro turf fields to play on, they'll have natural grass fields to play on," said Lee Clark, Yukon Soccer Club.

For years, the club has been making do at Ranchwood City Park, but they've outgrown it and need a serious upgrade.

"Number one, it will be safer. The fields will be more even, more flat. There won't be as many sprained ankles and injuries to the kids," said Clark.

The sports complex is in the beginning stages.

City leaders say they predict it will take about 5 to 10 years to complete.

The cost will be around $40 million dollars, paid for through city funds.

Next step, the designing process begins.

"I told staff I have seven years of work left in me and this all has to be done on seven years," said Bottom.

"To see the city stand behind us and support us and giving us new facilities is huge," said Pam Taylor, Yukon Soccer Club.

The Yukon Soccer Club said they hope the excitement from the approval will show on the field Saturday when they start their 2014 soccer season.