Three former local athletes working with Sioux City to build multi-sports complex

The new facility, 'The Arena,' will serve youth sports throughout Siouxland

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Three local alums have received growing support within the community and are trying to make their dream of keeping youth sports in Siouxland, a reality.

Marty Dougherty, Sioux city's Economic Director, said many have approached the city with similar ideas.

"This group seems to be capable of having the funding that they need, they've got some great ideas, we're still early in the process but we're happy to work with them," said Dougherty.

Each one of their journey's, in Siouxland and beyond, brings something different to the drawing board. 

"After myself, moving away for 11 years and living in the Phoenix  metro area, I kind of got a chance to see what large sports complex look like and what the youth training and academies that are inside of these and what they do for their communities," said Dustin Cooper, one of the sports complex developer's.

Cooper and his partners said, Siouxland's youth deserves to be on a level playing field with other communities and believe this new facility, to be called "The Arena," will give them that opportunity.

"Access to specialized athletic training, character training, but also access to events and programs, that are not only going to make them better student athletes but also better people," said sports complex developer, Jeff Carlson. "We want to keep our families in our communities, we want to bring in families from other communities and we think this will not only have an impact on our youth but it will also have a significant economic impact for the businesses in Siouxland." 

No locations have been chosen yet but Dougherty says they'll consider adding it to the reinvestment district plan, where it could possibly go next to the proposed Ag Expo Center, by the former Sioux City stockyards area.

"The potential for growing youth sports and it's another exciting potential partnership," said Dougherty." So we're going to explore that fully and see where it leads."  

Work on the project would begin in late 2018 or early 2019.


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