Seminole County officials, sports leaders and a Major League Baseball World Series champion were all in attendance for the groundbreaking of the new $27 million sports complex under construction in Sanford.
The project, located near Orlando Sanford International Airport, consists of 15 fields for baseball, softball, soccer, football and lacrosse. In addition, facilities and concessions are also designed to be built there to accommodate the complex’s guests. The project is expected to be completed by 2016.
Seminole County Commission Chairwoman Brenda Carey said the complex will draw up to 63,000 athletes and spectators, and can generate more than $10 million in economic impact each year.
That’s a huge boon for Central Florida, as it tries to continue to attract more sporting events to the region that can translate into vacation business for the area’s $50 billion travel industry. It also creates both temporary construction jobs and some permanent positions in Seminole County.
HKS Architects Inc. is the project architect, Wharton-Smith Inc. is the general contractor and CPH Engineers is the civil engineer.
Take a look at the photo gallery for a look at the groundbreaking and what the complex will include. Also, don’t miss the fly-through video above.