The regional sports park is a master-planned, inclusive sports complex that features a multi-use field house, numerous outdoor fields for softball, baseball, soccer and sand volleyball pits, all professionally maintained and surrounded by full lights to maximize night play. This family-friendly sports and entertainment complex will offer a sports-themed restaurant with high levels of hospitality and service, and an outdoor play area for children.
“Our team is excited to move forward on this sports complex, knowing it will become a regional hub for sports programs and tournaments, an economic driver for the city, and enrich the quality of life for local residents,” said Brent Statzer, CEO of SQH Sports.
The company began talks with the city in 2010 when they identified a need for additional sports fields and recreational sports facilities. In August 2014, the city issued an RFP for a sports complex and SQH Sports responded.
“This new sports park will be built with private funding, which at this time is estimated to cost $25 million,” said Bert Quintanilla, SQH VP of Governmental Affairs. “As the former President of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, I understand the impact a sports complex can have on the overall economy, especially January through May, which are usually shoulder periods,” he continued.
“We will create an integrated approach to sports complexes where families play, stay, eat, linger and enjoy the total experience,” said Derrick Hegmon, COO of SQH Sports.
“We believe Corpus Christi is a perfect market for this type of sports complex,” Hegmon said. “More than seven million people visit Corpus annually, it is already a destination, and with an active local sports community, it makes a highly desirable place to build a regional sports facility,” he said.
Numerous members had comments during the deliberation period.
“I see this as a launching point for moving our parks and recreation master plan to the next level, said Chad Magill, representative at-large. “This is about embracing the fact that we are a sports city. I applaud your confidence and willingness to invest in Corpus Christi.”
“I’m so happy about this. This is a long time coming,” said Carolyn Vaughn, representative for District 1. I hope it starts development on the South Side. “
“This has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Nelda Martinez.
“I welcome you to district 3,” said Lucy Rubio. The sports complex will be built in Rubio’s district.
The measure passed 7-0.