Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sports complexes for Wesley Chapel?

Wow! This week the news in Wesley Chapel has been all about the possibility of two different sports complexes coming to the area. While the 5,000 seat Pasco National Tennis Center ended up fizzling out this year, the community now has two very different sports complexes that are considering Wesley Chapel.

1. Pasco County is pursuing a multifield athletics complex with Sportsplex USA. With a potential investment of up to $10 million (to be funded with Pasco County tourist dollars), the county recently directed Sportsplex USA to begin a site selection process. This County project has been under consideration since last year. Wesley Chapel, along with Land O Lakes (Connerton & Starkey Ranch) are among the the locations under serious consideration. Additional details from The Tampa Tribune.

2. The Laker reports that "The Plex", a private 470,000 square foot sports and entertainment center project is under consideration for a 42 acre site adjacent to The Grove mall in Wesley Chapel. News of this project first went public in June of 2008. The Plex is reported to include 3 ice rinks, 36 bowling lanes, an indoor water park and miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, laser tag, and a skydiving wind tunnel. The $83 million Wesley Chapel project, according to The Laker could be underway as early as this winter. The Laker did not report if The Plex would also be a Sportsplex USA project as previously reported by The St. Pete Times in 2008.

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