Sports tourism gets boost with Sportscore Two construction underway
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Gov. Pat Quinn and local dignitaries kicked off phase one of the Sportscore Two expansion.
A half dozen multi-purpose fields with lights and synthetic turf are being added to the complex. Wedgbury Stadium is getting new turf and lights. And a 125,00 square-foot addition is being built next to the indoor sports center.
"And these facilities will put us probably if not the best, one of the best premiere facilities in the country for amateur sports," Tim Dimke, executive director of the Rockford Park District, says.
Dimke says the Sportscore Two expansion will benefit local athletes and their families.
"We have many youth and adults that travel for sports. They can play even more tournaments and games right here in their own backyard," Dimke says.
The expansion of Sportscore Two will cost approximately $30 million. Funding sources include the local hotel tax, the state of Illinois, Winnebago County, the City of Loves Park, and the park district.
Dimke says an expanded Sportscore coupled with the proposal of a new amateur sports center in downtown Rockford will ultimately benefit the region economically.
"Nearly $40 million a year impact on the region's economy. Over $4 million in tax revenue to our local taxing districts to help them pay for needed services," Dimke says.
He says the plans call for the Sportscore Two project and the construction of the amateur sports center in downtown Rockford to be completed by 2016.
Park District officials also say the expansion of Sportscore Two will create 200 construction jobs and another 225 permanent full-time jobs when the projects are completed.