The Edmond Sun
Economic development and sports enthusiasm is on the rise with the new $15 million Summit Sports Complex.
Community leaders were presented with the official unveiling Wednesday of the complex that is being developed on the northeast corner of Interstate 35. The Edmond Planning Commission approved the site plan 4-0 this week.
The groundbreaking for the 155,000-square-foot facility is anticipated in the spring and it will open during the summer of 2015, said Brad Lund, who is part of the Summit management team with Sold Out Strategies.
Summit Sports Complex will house eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts and two indoor soccer fields under one roof, Lund said. Food service, office space, meeting space as well as medical and physical therapy will be housed in the facility.
“It is a dream come true for us,” said Mark Herrin, representing Oklahoma Peak Performance Volleyball.
OPPV represents 31 teams this year, he said. Many of the players are from Edmond and will have top-notch training at Summit, he said. The facility will attract players from all across the U.S., he added.
“Summit Sports, we believe, is the final missing piece that will allow us to take this to a national level,” Herrin said.
Indoor space in this region of the U.S. is needed, said Tim McLaughlin, majority owner of the new North American Soccer League set to play in the spring of 2015.
“This is wonderful that families won’t have to drive to Dallas and Kansas City,” he said.
The facility will provide a home for McLaughlin’s family and other soccer enthusiasts to hone their soccer skills, McLaughlin said. “It will help encourage other participants to become involved in this great sport we love dearly named soccer.”
McLaughlin said the training facility will give the North American Soccer League a competitive advantage for playing teams in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Summit Sports Complex will combine as an indoor facility with the renovated Taft Stadium outdoor facility in Oklahoma City, he said.
“This is absolutely fantastic,” McLaughlin said.
NBA champion Desmond Mason said the complex will offer something special to the next generation of athletes. Professional players also will have a valuable place to work out, he said.
“That was one of my issues when I came back to Oklahoma and I decided to live — where I would work out,” said Mason, a father of two.
The City of Edmond was a partner in bringing the sports complex to Edmond, Lund said. Purchasing the 19.35 acres of land for the privately owned sports complex cost the city $2 million. The land had appraised for $2.1 million.
“We identified the river of opportunity that runs north and south called I-35,” Mayor Charles Lamb said.
The developer would pay all construction costs for the indoor sports complex, which would be privately owned and operated. Summit Sports Complex is the responsibility of principal owners Derek Turner and Davis Hudiburg.
The city will provide the land for the sports complex and lease it to the developer for $5,000 a month or $60,000 a year, according to attorney Leslie Batchelor, who represents the city in the project. Payments would begin by April 1 or if an occupancy permit is issued before that date.
The developer has the right to purchase the land at any time, Batchelor said. The city has the option to force the developer to purchase the land after 15 years of occupancy.
Summit Sports Complex will trigger major economic activity from people visiting Edmond, Lamb said. Turner & Company began years ago trying to figure out how to move traffic to Edmond, Derek Turner said.
“What a better way to do it than youth sports?” he said.