Elkhorn Athletic Association breaks ground on a new sports complex. !

OMAHA, NBThe Elkhorn Athletic Association broke ground on a $55 million sports complex in Valley.

  The complex, dubbed MD West ONE Sports Complex, will offer space for adaptive, recreational and competitive sports. It will be near 264th and Ida streets.

  The complex has been in the works for at least three years, said Bruce O’Neel, executive director of the organization.

  The first phase of the project will include eight synthetic-turf baseball and softball fields, six synthetic-turf fields for soccer or football or lacrosse and a barrier-free field for children with adaptive needs. It also includes infrastructure for concession stands, restrooms and parking. 

  Future phases will include additional multipurpose fields and eight more softball and baseball fields. 

  The space will offer amenities for families year-round, such as walking paths, playgrounds and picnic areas. 

  A little more than 70% of the Elkhorn Athletic Association’s programming is recreational. The group won’t be the exclusive user of the complex. Other clubs and groups also will play on the fields, O’Neel said.

He added that officials expect the complex to generate between $35 million and $55 million in sales tax revenue a year.  

  “We feel really good about the economic impact and what it means for the state of Nebraska,” he said.

Work is expected to start this summer, with the complex open for a full season in spring 2024.

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5 Ways To Help Your Infield Skin Rebound From Rain Quickly !

While some parts of the U.S. could be battling a daunting drought,other parts of the country might be dealing with lots of rain. You just never know. In fact, things can change very quickly. For example, a few years back within a three week span the entire state of Texas went from a major 4-year drought to being totally drought free. It takes a lot of rain to knock out four years of drought in just three weeks. With all that rain, surely there were many having issues with trying to get their fields ready after a rain. If you have already encountered a lot of rain, or you do later this season, let’s take a look at what you can do to help your fields recoup from a rain event as quickly as possible.

1. Keep Your Infield Properly Graded

First and foremost,infield make sure that your infield is properly graded to promote positive surface drainage. Ideally, the infield should be graded so that the area around the base of the pitcher’s mound is the highest point on the infield with the surface grade then sloping away from the mound in all directions. However, depending on the lay of the land that the field was built on, the other way of grading an infield would be to “sheet drain” it. This means the entire infield is tilted in one direction; for example, the infield may tilt from the first base foul line towards left field. In either instance, both of these surface grades are only efficient at draining the water off it if the surface is smooth and consistent. In other words, there are no high spots or low spots to impede or deflect the drainage. Proper nail and float dragging are crucial maintenance practices that, when done correctly, will keep your skin surface in smooth and consistent surface draining condition.

2. Maintain Your Turf Edges

Maintaining your turf edges to prevent lip buildup will allow the water to easily pass over from infield skin to turf area without any issues. When infield soil and infield topdressing buildup in the edges of the grass, that ridge or “lip” impedes the water from freely moving off the field. The more severe the lip, the more water it will hold back onto the infield skin. Properly maintain those lips to keep them from slowing your field from recuperating.

 3. Choose Appropriate Infield Soil Material

The right beaconinfield soil material has a huge impact on speed of reentry onto an infield after a rain. Infield soils that are either high in silt or high in fine and very fine sand drastically effect how quickly the field is playable again after a rain. Even worse is when you have both problems! High silt and high fine sand content infield soils can take a day or multiple days to recuperate. Have your infield soil tested to check to see how your soil material lines up with the acceptable specifications. Strive for a balanced infield soil with the right amounts of medium to coarse sand and the proper ratio of silt to clay. It’ll make all the difference in the world as to how easy it will be getting the infield back into playing condition.

4. Use an Infield Top Dressing

Use a topdressing on your infield skin surface. An infield topdressing is a ¼” to ½” layer at the infield skin surface of a granular material that will not stick to a players cleat, even when wet. These materials, usually made of calcined clay, vitrified clay, expanded shale, crushed aggregate or crushed brick, tend to dry more quickly on the surface then if you just had the bare soil exposed. The topdressing will dry on the surface while your infield soil underneath is still moist, but the topdressing allows you still to reenter the field. It acts much like a mulch in a landscape bed and provides many benefits in the performance of the infield.

 5. Drag the Field Before Rain Storms

When you know a rain is coming, keep the field dragged smooth if at all possible. The water will flow more easily and rapidly off the infield if it is smooth and not pock marked with cleat marks and divots. Additionally, keep the field TIGHT! A tight field absorbs less water than one that has been deeply nail dragged, which will create pore space for water to fill and slow the drying process down considerably after the rain event.

How it rains also can have an impact in how fast your field will recuperate and come back up online for play. A long, slow light to moderate rain of a couple hours or more is very penetrating and will be deeply absorbed by your infield soil. This type of a rain usually requires longer for the field to dry from. Compare that to a heavy rain lasting 15 to 30 minutes, or even an hour. This kind of rainfall, while possibly dumping many times the amount of water than a slow rainfall did, is a violent rainfall to the soil. That violent pounding of the soil compacts it and doesn’t easily allow water to be absorbed into the infield soil. With the right weather conditions, you may be amazed sometimes how fast you can get back onto a field after one of these gully washers, provided you did everything else that we mentioned above in this article.

 One more thing…

Let me leave you with one other piece of advice. The weather after the rain event matters just as much as how the rain fell. If your humidity is very high and has not lowered much below 75% after the rain, it will take a much longer time for the field to dry out. Sun and wind help, but there has to be room in the air parcel floating over your infield skin to take in more moisture. If the air parcel is 75% full, it won’t take much more in, but if it is only 50% full (50% relative humidity) then there is a lot of room to evaporate water from your field and be absorbed into the air parcels. The faster the humidity lowers after the event, the faster the drying process.

Make the right moves ahead of your rain events on your fields and you may come to not fear the rain as much or need to work as hard afterwards either.

Construction to begin on Clyde sports complex, hosting 10+ fields with $14 mil price tag !

ABILENE, Texas – Many may think of the City of Clyde to be small and quiet. But what could make a small town like Clyde leave a legacy that’s bigger than the city itself? Perhaps something like the brand new Hanner Sports Complex.

Mayor Roger Brown of Clyde said the sports complex is going to make a major impact on the city’s economy.

“We’re small-town, big opportunity,” the mayor said. “This is an opportunity to put all these people crossing over the interstate that now can stop over in Clyde.”

“It benefits not just our children, but our entire community,” Mayor Brown assured.

This complex will set up the athletes at Clyde ISD for success, at least according to Jennifer Wilson, who has a daughter on the softball team.

“This is huge,” Wilson exclaimed. “My daughter Macy is just super excited to play.”

This complex will catch the attention of many people, with the mayor saying it will possibly bring in thousands of people from across Texas into Clyde. He said his hope is that the complex will open up the opportunity for Clyde to have more hotels and gas stations, wanting his visitors to stay in Clyde instead of traveling to Abilene.

“A sports complex like this, that we know brings in this kind of revenue,” Mayor Brown explained, “it’s just beneficial all the way around.”

Ryan Patrick, who handles the sponsorships for the complex, worked with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to find out that this will be seen by 14.6 million people who drive by it on I-20 every year.

We’re looking at a $14 million sports complex off 24 acres of land,” said Patrick.

It will include courts to host games and tournaments of pickle ball, tennis, sand volleyball, a splash pad, six baseball-softball fields and one football-soccer field, according to Sydney Stalbaum, Director of Sales for Hellas Construction. Stalbaum told KTAB/KRBC it will be the largest sports complex in this region – from New Mexico to the metroplex.

“Generations to come – they’ll know this as the Hanner Sports Complex,” said Patrick.

This complex is predicted to be completed in 12 to 18 months, and Patrick explained that there are still numerous naming opportunities on the fields and splash pads for attaching business names to this regional destination.

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Big Grand Opening of Jim Neilson Sports Complex Planned For September 6 at Big River First Nation !

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Construction on Spooky Nook sports complex faces additional delays, developer says !

Cincinnati, OH – Completion of the massive Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill project in Hamilton is facing further construction delays, the developer said in a Facebook post Monday.

The project is now slated to be finished in September, according to the developer.

“We are still aggressively pressing to improve this timeline, although we have limited control of the construction process,” the post reads.

Spooky Nook’s post didn’t specify why the project’s completion date needed to be pushed back. The Enquirer sent messages seeking comment to the company Monday evening but it has yet to respond.

Previously, officials have cited delays stemming from supply chain problems and other pandemic-related issues. Construction of the athletic complex also faced setbacks last year due to a weather-related steel collapse at building 500, a large indoor turf field.

Sports complex would provide economic boost for East Gainesville. !


Gainesville, FL. – I am writing this column as a longtime resident of the city of Gainesville. I recently learned of the plan being put forth by newly elected Gainesville City Commissioner Cynthia Moore Chestnut regarding enhancing the Citizens Park complex to make it a recreational multi-use facility that will serve as a much-needed resource in East Gainesville. 

This plan, if implemented, would bring an economic boost to this section of our community through enhanced sporting events and by providing recreation and activities for all our residents year around. 

I also was made aware that sports tourism is the No. 1 reason people come to Gainesville. On average, people spend $360 per event participating in these activities. This proposal is a dream that is long overdue for the community. 

As I examine current facilities within the Citizens Park, I must start by looking at Citizens Field. The city of Gainesville and Alachua County public school system signed a 40-year lease in 1984 for a facility constructed in 1948. This complex has proudly served Alachua County and visitors from around the state for nearly 60 years.

Buchholz High School's David Schmidt (7) makes a catch during the spring football game between the Bobcats and Vanguard High School, held at Citizens Field in Gainesville on May 19.

It is long overdue for a makeover to modernize the site to include enhanced amenities such as ticket booths, concession stand, enhanced locker rooms, enhanced seating and expansions to include a possibility of placing an outdoor track at the stadium. This facility enhancement should be a partnership between the city of Gainesville and the school district.   

The plan also spoke of enhancing or expanding the existing Martin Luther King Center, including a senior wing, new community rooms and an improved fitness center that will offer classes to improve the health of our residents of East Gainesville and the community. This proposal included an auditorium, four outdoor basketball courts, volleyball and soccer spaces, and food truck areas. This proposal will allow our local community and others to engage in sporting tournaments and competitions year-round.  

Commissioner Chestnut specifically mentioned jobs would be created that would bring an economic boost to East Gainesville. It was also pleasing to hear that this proposal is not competing with the Celebration Pointe sports facility; both programs will complement each other.

A game of chess is played during a festival outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center in Gainesville, in 2013

As a community member of Gainesville, I have reviewed many plans for East Gainesville designed to improve this part of our city. We have invested our tax dollars in developing strategies but many have gone nowhere. 

Some of the recent violence in Gainesville can be attributed to a lack of positive activities to engage our youth and young adults. This plan could be one of the solutions to addressing the voids of a lack of activities for this population. 

  I encourage our local community to support and participate in the planning and development of this project. I don’t know the costs of this proposal; however, it can be an economic boost for the community with additional jobs and sporting competitions, and health and wellness for our community. This proposal could assist in reducing violence through structured activities; overall, this concept seems worthy of consideration and implementation.

General Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Let’s work to make this concept a reality.

Rosa B. Williams lives in Gainesville. / Rosa B. Williams / Guest columnist

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