By Tia Lynn Ivey
County officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the new $1.9 million Soccer Complex near Morgan County High School last Saturday, March 2. The soccer complex spans across 15 acres on Old Buckhead Road across from Bill Wood Park.
Soccer is a popular sport in high-demand throughout the county and now, players will have three brand-new regulation fields on which to play. Morgan County families will now be able to enjoy the new fields this spring. The state-of-the-art complex will also draw numerous tournaments from other cities and states, the first of which will be the NCAA Division I Ultimate Frisbee tournament this coming weekend.
“We have built a beautiful facility that our community will be proud of and have the opportunity to enjoy for many years to come,” said County Manager Adam Mestres. “Saturday morning’s ribbon cutting was a welcomed site after over a year and a half of hard work by all who were involved in the process. The patrons were upbeat and excited about the new soccer complex. As with all new facilities, there will be some growing pains along the way so we ask for patience as we adapt to our new environment…We are excited to be able to draw new visitors to Morgan County from numerous states along the eastern seaboard.”
The new soccer complex includes three tournament-ready fields, full concessions, restrooms, and LED lighting for night games.
“This is something our community has wanted for a long time. Soccer is very popular among our kids and these new fields will allow us to accommodate soccer teams from areas to come and compete in Morgan County,” explained Mestres earlier this year. “We are excited that the soccer complex is nearing completion. The new fields will relieve congestion from existing baseball fields, where soccer is currently being played. The new complex will also allow an opportunity to host regional tournaments which will draw in additional revenues from visitors in the community.”
Lance Alexander, Morgan County Recreation Director, has been looking forward to the completion of this project and is pleased with the turnout.
“We are really proud,” said Alexander to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners earlier this year. “It will be a big draw to our county.”
Alexander noted the high-end materials being used to ensure minimal maintenance work in the future. “The aesthetic look is looking great,” said Alexander. “We are using rock siding and stucco on the block work…We want to get this building as maintenance-free for as long as we can in the years to come…The concession building has plenty of restrooms and there is a tremendous size concession stand area, plus storage areas,” said Alexander.
“The new recreation complex that helps promote a quality of life that our residents have asked for over time. We are thoroughly excited about both projects being completed,” added Mestres.
The new soccer complex is the first phase in what was originally supposed to include four new baseball fields. The project was scaled back after costs were reassessed and the county decided to only move forward with the soccer fields, which cost about $1.9 million.
“We will revisit the baseball fields portion of the project once funding becomes available,” said Mestres. “We don’t have a current estimated cost for the project just yet,” said Mestres. “We have been discussing the possibilities and future costs with engineers to come up with a plan to finish the rest of the project in phases.”