Officials hope the project gives Collier County an edge in sports tourism.
NAPLES — The Paradise Coast Sports Complex in eastern Collier County, an $80 million project, has opened its first phase.
The complex, near Collier Boulevard and Interstate 75 and managed by Sports Force Parks, opened four artificial turf fields in early July, according to a statement. The entirety of the project, funded by Collier County tourism tax dollars, will be open by 2021, the release adds.
“Sports tourism has always been important for Collier County, and this new facility gives us one of the finest sports complexes in not only the state, but also the country,” says Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Executive Director Jack Wert in the statement. “We’ve been told by event organizers the accessibility with Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), the range of hotels and resorts and breathtaking beaches have always made our area a great destination for sports tourism and we’re confident this state-of-the-art complex will help bring even more tournaments to our destination.”
The facility, when completed, is designed to combine high quality visitor amenities, creative site design and state-of-the-art amateur athletic facilities, the release states. Those fields include rectangular fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football and flag football, as well as diamond fields for baseball and softball. The new complex is also designed to serve as community facility offering outdoor exercise equipment, a walking/jogging trail, a public field for recreation and food trucks and a bar.