Lincoln Sports Complex breaks ground, construction will begin soon

Tuesday was a big day for youth sports in Lincoln!

Ground has been broken on the Lincoln Sports Complex, a facility that developers believe will have a positive impact on the community.

Construction will begin when weather permits.

The facility will be located off of West O Street and Southwest 14th Place.

Developers say Lincoln is past due for a youth sports complex to call its own.

They say the city was unable to host high level youth sporting events in the past.

“We spent a lot of time traveling to other communities that have neat youth sports complexes and felt that Lincoln needs one,” said Sam Manzitto, President of Manzitto Construction.

The building will be more than 78,000 square feet in size… It will include eight full size basketball courts that can also double as 12 volleyball courts.

A 5,000 square foot strength training center will also be included.

“There is a shortage of athletic facilities for youth in our community… We’ve got people going to other communities so they can play their games and families are traveling so it will be great that our local residents can see that here, parents and grandparents can come see their kids play,” said Lincoln City Councilman Carl Eskridge.

Back in April of 2018, the Lincoln City Council agreed to help fund about 10% of the cost. Councilman Carl Eskridge says with the tourism opportunities, the project will pay for itself in a hurry.

“I love it that this is on West O Street, a growing part of town where we see a lot of new development happening. The proximity to highway 77 and Interstate–80 is so close, it will be so convenient… This is going to be a great success,” said Eskridge.

The facility will be home to Supreme Court Basketball and Volleyball Club Nebraska.

Club director Maggie Griffin says youth volleyball is growing every year and this new complex comes at the perfect time.

“Volleyball is the fastest growing sport for youth girls in the country so we are really excited to be a part of that and help continue to grow that within the region and then nationally as well,” said Griffin.

Sam Manzitto says Supreme Court Basketball will try to host seven basketball tournaments each year with over 300 teams coming from all over.

Volleyball Club Nebraska will look to host four or five regional tournaments as well.

The project is scheduled to be completed by late fall.

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