We believe Corpus Christi to be the perfect location for a sports park. Any family with a child in tournament level play between here and the Valley will tell you there are very few high quality fields for weekend tournaments. Families in this region travel to Houston, San Antonio and even farther, to get the quality fields their teams require.
What are the terms of the contract you are seeking with the City of Corpus Christi?
Our proposed contract with the city gives SQH Sports a long term lease on city-owned land in exchange for building, managing and maintaining a sports park. It’s an innovative public/private partnership on a piece of land that the city is unable to develop on its own.
How will SQH sports maintain the property?
It’s a big commitment to maintain parklands at the level required for league and tournament play. Because of the public/private partnership, SQH Sports will be responsible for maintaining the highest level of playing fields. And tournament user fees and guest/athlete amenities are how we’ll keep that up to the necessary standard. Users will pay, not the taxpayer in Corpus Christi.
What is a public/private partnership?
A public/private partnership is when two parties come together, one public or a government entity and one private, or a corporation, to bring to life a project that is mutual beneficial. In this case, the city of Corpus Christi is offering SQH Sports a long term lease on a piece of land, in exchange for us promising to build and maintain a sports park there that benefits the entire community and brings financial benefit back to the city.
How many sports teams could use the facility during the week at max capacity?
This park can be configured to maximize 12 softball fields concurrent with 6 basketball courts or twelve volleyball courts inside, allowing hundreds of athletes to participate at a time. For example, for a large volleyball tournament, the indoor courts can hold 120 teams. For basketball, 60 teams. The outdoor fields can handle 10 teams per field.
Where will you get the money to build the park?
We are working with a group of private banks to finance the construction of the park. Once the lease is finalized with the City Council action on May 29, we’ll begin to finalize that step. We’ve already worked with Joeris Construction and Urban Engineering for the necessary infrastructure and construction estimates so we already have a clear idea of construction costs.
Who will run the park?
The park will be managed locally with in-house management and a local team.
What is the benefit of this park to Corpus Christi?
We believe that this sports complex will bring enormous benefit to the Corpus Christi community. The economic impact study projects that the addition of this park to the CC community will generate: revenue through the HOT tax, through sales taxes and will draw visitors to the city, attracting millions in visitor spending.
Are there specific tournaments that SQH is already eyeing to bring to CC?
We’ve had inquiries from tournament directors but most of these tournaments work two years in advance of their tournament date, so as soon as we are under construction, we’ll begin the process to target specific regional tournaments.
Has SQH built a sports park before?
This is a new venture for SQH Sports and Entertainment. The business was formed in 2014 so we could prepare a response to the City of Corpus Christi’s desire to build a sports park as part of a public/private partnership.
What’s the timeline for getting the sports park open?
As soon as we finalize the contract with the city of Corpus Christi, we’ll get to work on it. We anticipate that the sports park will take 18-24 months to build once we break ground.