After seven years of talking, the $24 million DE Turf Sports Complex has broken ground and expressed plans for first games to be held in spring 2017.
On Thursday, May 12, officials held the ground breaking and news conference at the Frederica location, with notable speakers like Sen. Brian Bushweller, Kent County Levy President P. Brooks Banta, Rob Smith, executive director of DE Turf, and Bill Strickland, with the Greater Kent Committee a part of the program.
The brand new, state-of-the-art facility will be home to 13 fields for sports like soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and more, with hopes of generating millions of dollars in sports tourism revenue for Delaware.
Project managers say they hope to draw almost $20 million to Kent County in terms of economic development by appealing to various tournaments and events from out of town.
“We want the DE Turf Sports Complex to be an integrated part of the central Delaware community,” said Rob Smith, executive director of the complex. “In addition to hosting great tournaments and events, DE Turf will be an asset we know local teams will certainly enjoy utilizing.”
According to officials, the DE Turf Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art, 85-acre, multi-sport complex featuring a dozen fields, including a championship stadium. The new complex will be operated by the Kent County Regional Sports Complex.
For more information on the complex, please visit www.deturfcomplex.org.