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Village Website Posts Market/Impact Study for Proposed Sports Complex

Study analyzes demographics and demand potential, sports leagues and comparable facilities, and assesses economic and fiscal impact on community.

The Village of Lemont has posted on its website a market and impact study on a sports complex proposed for downtown Lemont.

As previously reported in Patch, the estimated $21 million sports complex is planned for a 26.3 parcel of land (the former Tri Central Marine Terminal) roughly bounded by the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and Industrial Park Drive, from the end of Stephen Street north of the post office and continuing west under the Lemont Street bridge and beyond.

The proposed development would feature four outdoor fields for sports such as soccer, lacrosse and football, and an indoor facility that includes four areas for field sports and convertible spaces to accommodate two IHSA basketball courts, five volleyball courts and one tennis court. The indoor facility would also feature areas for concessions, multi-purpose rooms, party rooms and storage.

The market and impact study, dated Feb. 7, details demographic and demand potential analyses, sports leagues and comparable/competitive facilities, financial information and economic and fiscal impact assessments.

To view the study posted on the village website, click here.  

For more on the proposed sports complex, read:

Lemont Plans $21 Million Sports Complex

Residents Seek Answers on Sports Complex Proposal

Village Releases Q & A Statement on Proposed Lemont Sports Complex

Residents Grill Mayor About Proposed Sports Complex

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Spencer D. Smith February 10, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Good questions. I hope someone who is able to go to the meeting sees both mine and yours and asks them.
n.j. February 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Per the report: "There are some lessons from these projects that could be used to improve the development of the proposed facility. However, given some of the site factors at this site (the canal, railroad, overhead roadway, power lines) it will be a challenge to develop the site into a facility that truly competes at the level of these facilities." Then why are we building a new complex that cannot compete with the facilities of other townships!
B.S. Buster February 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
That reference is on page 24 where it compares this project to national leaders with 18 and 24 fields and more warm weather months than Illinois. No project in that section is in Illinois. The other local township projects you reference are all the ones before that section. In that arena the project prospectus is more favorable and located at the beginning of the report
Dan Cecola February 11, 2013 at 06:22 PM
It’s these types of comments by the village that cause me to worry that they have not done their homework. Hotels may be interested in the Rt. 83 site, but it would have nothing to do with the sports complex. The sports complex will not bring in out of town hotel visitors because it does not have enough fields to host a large tournament. The village’s own outside study states this. It lists leading edge facilities as having 11-24 fields and parking for 700-1,800. It also lists 9 facilities in the area with 10+ fields and states that there are 930 facilities in the area with 2 plus fields. The village analysis concludes this facility will struggle to be able to compete with these kinds of facilities. And this is from the analysis the village is using to justify the deal. I don’t think this will have anywhere near the economic impact on local businesses to justify the huge cost.
B.S. Buster February 11, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Seems to be some select cherry picking.....the report doesn't know what they are talking about in certain instances, but is spot on in others... I don't see where this report says this will fail except when compared to the largest outdoor facilities in the country. This project rates very well with indoor facilities (claimed to be second largest in the state) and the only indoor facility to include outdoor fields, and the only one With a 3000 seat concert venue. The numbers in the report may or may not be correct, but they have been compiled by a firm that has a track record with these evaluations. Where are you getting your "better" figures from? You have cited "industry averages". But what is the source of the data?

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