Lincoln officials announce plans for new youth sports complex

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln officials announced Wednesday that the city would be getting a new youth sports complex near Oak Lake Park.

The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nebraska Wesleyan University, the City of Lincoln and other community partners unveiled the designs for the sports complex.

The Lincoln Youth Complex will be built on the southeast side of North 1st Street and Cornhusker Highway, north of Oak Lake Park.

Construction is set to begin in spring 2023, with completion scheduled for late fall 2024.

The complex will house two championship fields, five youth fields and an additional field designated for Homer’s Heroes, which is a special needs baseball program.

In total, the complex will provide 15 fields for not only baseball and softball but for other sports like flag football, soccer and lacrosse.

Concession stands, a playground and other amenities will also be a part of the complex, officials say.

Jeff Maul, executive director of the visitors bureau, said the city is in dire need of an expanded youth sports facility.

“LYC is designed to be a space for players of all backgrounds and abilities to come together and play,” he said.  “Our programs will meaningfully expand opportunities for underserved youth in our community and this project can have a profoundly positive impact on Lincoln and our youth for generations to come.”

Maul said the project is expected to bring 100,000 new visitors in its first year and double that by year three.

In the first year alone, it is expected to have a $9 million economic impact on the area.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s baseball and softball programs will also have a new home at the Lincoln Youth Complex.

University President Darrin Good said the facility would provide “incredible” experiences for both teams.

The new complex will cost $27 million, with around $10 million already raised from private donors. The rest will come from special funds, the city and the county.

More information on the complex can be found here.

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