STC looks forward to the design phase of the complex | News


Members of the McCracken County Sports Tourism Commission (STC) and representatives from Sports Facilities Management, which was hired to help the commission manage the planned outdoor sports complex, and its parent company, The Sports Facilities Company , are eager to begin the design and grand opening of the planned outdoor sports complex at the former site of Bluegrass Downs and in Stuart Nelson Park.

Design of the plans for the outdoor sports complex will begin once current contracts with Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering and Peck Flannery Gream Warren (PFGW) Inc., a local architectural firm, are completed. Those contracts will be finalized after the City of Paducah and McCracken County sign an interlocal agreement for the outdoor sports complex, which will then need to be signed by the STC, said Steve Ervin, county community development project manager. of McCracken, to the members of the STC at its meeting on Wednesday.

Paducah Mayor George Bray was at Wednesday’s STC meeting. Bray said city officials received a copy of the proposed interlocal agreement about two weeks ago and the city is reviewing the proposed agreement.

Mayor and City Manager Daron Jordan plan to meet with McCracken County Executive Judge Craig Clymer and Associate Executive Judge Steve Doolittle to discuss the interlocal agreement, Ervin said.

Kevin Greene, project manager at The Sports Facilities Company, said at Wednesday’s meeting that the company hopes to begin the formal design process in June. Greene and Jake Whittaker, Vice President of Venue Planning for Sports Facilities Management, meet with PFGW and Bacon Farmer Workman staff to discuss preliminary design details and to ensure that all contributors to the project outdoor sports complex are on the same wavelength.

If the design phase begins in June, Greene said he hopes it will be complete by February, with groundbreaking to follow in March. With this schedule, the planned outdoor sports complex would hopefully open in the second quarter of 2024. However, Green said there were a lot of moving parts in the planning, design and construction phases. construction, and said the schedule was subject to change.

STC President Jim Dudley also shared updates from a recent Sporting Events and Tourism Association (ETA) symposium he attended on behalf of STC. Dudley said the event was a good way to connect with organizers of different sports tournaments. He also said that conferences like this are a good way for the STC to see the success of other sporting facilities and gain insight into how to bring a sporting event to the complex from the perspective of those who manage their own complexes.

Ervin also noted that this month’s deposit of $120,211.13, which TCT receives from the Transient Lodging Tax, is the largest single-month deposit TTC has seen.


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