Sports and Special Events Complex Update
Work is underway on the Paradise Coast Sports and Special Events Complex, the county’s new amateur sports and event complex at City Gate just east of I-75 Exit 101. Construction crews have cleared the land and are working on underground utility installation. The first phase of field construction is planned to start in October.
The complex is being designed with both local and visiting sports teams and leagues in mind, and there will be many new recreation and entertainment opportunities at the complex for residents year-round. The Board of County Commissioners approved funding through the tourist development tax but also included General Fund contributions for land acquisition and operating dollars. Because of this, it ensures residents have equitable access to the facility.
June 2020 is the targeted opening of Phase I, which includes four multipurpose artificial turf fields and the lakefront great lawn entertainment and event area. The Championship Stadium venue will follow shortly thereafter. When the final phase of the complex is completed in 2021 or 2022, there will be up to 19 artificial turf multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse; eight baseball/softball diamonds; training and fitness areas; LED lighting for all fields, and a championship stadium.
We’re excited about all the benefits and amenities the Paradise Coast Sports and Special Events Complex will bring and have launched a temporary landing page at www.sfpnaples.com that you can visit to see planning, design, constructions updates, learn more about the project, and sign up for more information about the facility.