City plans to parcel off 24 acres for residential development to pay for project’s first phase
By 2020, football, baseball, softball and soccer players will have new fields to play on as the city of Prosser moves toward its goal to create a sports complex.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said David Stockdale, Prosser city administrator. “I’ve been able to go back and look at records as far back as 1996 for the city wanting this.”
Overall, the entire project is estimated to be about $11 million.David Stockdale, Prosser city administrator
Sports tournaments are prevalent in the Tri-Cities and Yakima, bringing in millions of dollars in tourism revenue. Visiting teams infuse money into restaurants, hotels, gas stations and retail stores. And with Prosser sitting almost squarely between the Lower Valley and Columbia Basin leagues, Stockdale believes it will be a draw in Eastern Washington.
“Whereas it might be difficult for the Tri-Cities to bring someone in as far away as Yakima, we’re right there in the middle and can bring both to an event. They have the population, but our location is really ideal,” he said. “We’ll draw as far south as Hermiston, as west as Yakima if not further, and as east as Tri-Cities if not Walla Walla. The numbers are quite telling.”
Yakima’s Sozo Sports Complex opened in 2016 and Stockdale said within its first year, the complex had more than a half million people visit the facility.