Evansville CVB moves ahead with sports complex plans

The Evansville Convention and Visitor's Bureau is moving ahead with it's plans to build a multi-million dollar sports complex.

At their meeting Wednesday, CVB members discussed the progress they've made on the project this year, and say they're getting close to finding a location.

The proposed eight field baseball complex has been an important item on the CVB's agenda in 2012 and they're hoping it will become a reality in 2013.

Members are still tight lipped about the location but they're making progress.

"We're getting close on the location. Very shortly from this meeting I'm gonna go to another meeting and we're gonna look at some drawings of that proposed location," said John Montrastelle, Pres. CVB.

One thing they are sure of is the economic benefit it would bring to the city.

CVB members say the proposed 60 acre complex would bring youth baseball and softball tournaments.

"We've done the math, if we're able to attract certain number of tournaments a year which would be our goal, this facility could generate as much as 10 to 15 million dollars a year," said Bob Warren, Exec. Dir.

Now board members will start getting into the specifics.

"We're going to very soon start filling our committees. So we can make the right decisions on how this park, where it's going to be located, how it's going to look," said Montrastelle.

"It has to be first class, well maintained it has to have the right type of fields the right type of grass, bleachers. It has to be a product of integrity," said Warren.

Warren says the complex will be built using lodging tax, which is generated through visitors.

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