NEWS RELEASE: INDIANA SOCCER, COMMUNITY LEADERS ANNOUNCE NEW SPORT COMPLEX
(Jan. 21, 2013) – Hamilton County Sports Authority, along with Murray Clark, President of Indiana Soccer, Andy Cook, Mayor of the City of Westfield, , and other leaders in the community on Thursday, January 18th at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis to announce the progress of the new 360-acre, sports complex in Westfield.
The $45 million investment, which will contain more than 30 soocer fields and 26 diamonds, is expected to attract millions of guests annually. When completed in 2014, it will be the biggest sports park in the nation.
"Thanks to the dedication and collaboration of these community leaders and investors, Westfield is able to claim is place as the youth sports capitals of the nation," said Dave Guthrie, executive director of Indiana Soccer. "Not only will this be a perfect location to cultivate Indiana talent, this complex will attract some of the premier national and international tournaments and players from around the globe."
“Indiana Soccer is very excited to call Grand Park its new home and thanks the City of Westfield and the leadership of Westfield Youth Soccer Association, a proud member of Indiana Soccer, for believing in the value of partnering with the Indiana Soccer Association to help manage this world class facility,” said Murray Clark, presidents of Indiana Soccer.
This new complex will also house Indiana Soccer’s headquarters and offer an array of opportunities for its members. The non-profit organization will look to provide its members with additional training, workshops and events that target soccer and youth development.
“Grand Park will enhance Indiana Soccer’s ability to deliver outstanding events, programs and services to its member clubs and leagues,” said Don Rawson, business development director of Indiana Soccer. “The outdoor fields and indoor center will help Indiana Soccer fulfill its mission by offering unmatched facilities for coaching education, referee certification courses, team training, league matches and the hosting of large tournaments.”
The project, lead by the City of Westfield is an ambitious initiative that substantiates the city along with the City of Indianapolis, as one of the most supportive, pro-sports cities in the country.
“This project would not be possible without the participation of the private sector, such as the Indiana Soccer Association, which will manage and operate the 31 soccer fields as well as the three full-sided indoor fields. These assets will attract a number of regional and national events ”, said Mayor Andy Cook of the City of Westfield.
Westfield’s Grand Park represents the latest update in a busy week for Indiana Soccer. On Wednesday, January 17th, Indianapolis hosted its first-ever MLS SUPER Draft at the JW Marriott and Governor Mike Pence joined Murray Clark, president of Indiana Soccer, along with Esral Ozdemir owner, and Peter Wilt, general manager to announce the creation of an Indianapolis-based professional soccer team, which will participate in the 2014 season of the North American Soccer League (NASL).