Chesterfield County recently announced the signing of an agreement with Shaw Industries and SportsQuest, LLC, to advance the first phase of a planned $250 million sports-facility project for the region, a county press release says.
“This is an exciting day for the region and the commonwealth, and a great day for the citizens and taxpayers of Chesterfield County,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Gecker says in the release. He notes that the facility has the potential to draw hotel, restaurant and other business development, add more than $6 million annually in local tax revenue and create hundreds of jobs when completed.
“This is a great sports-tourism project that will increase local tax dollars that directly benefit our school budget,” adds Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle.
The SportsQuest plan is to construct a family entertainment and Olympic training complex on 250 acres located at the intersection of Route 288 and the Powhite Parkway in the county, the release says.
The project, which will bring the region significant revenues from sports, will include a hotel, office and retail development, an amphitheater, an aquatics center, an ice-plex, a velodrome indoor biking facility, an inline track, a high-performance training facility for 30 different sports and a field house for indoor court sports, the release says. Phase one includes 17 rectangular athletic fields using the latest synthetic turf technology.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Golden notes in the release that the agreement will make all 17 fields available to the county for one weekend per year for 20 years, in addition to the Monday-Thursday schedule originally included in preliminary discussions.