The public is invited to the groundbreaking for Phase I of the new Mobile County Soccer Complex, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at the site near the intersection of Halls Mill Road and Lee’s Lane in Mobile. Signs will be posted to direct parking, and shuttle service will be available.
Construction of Phase I is expected to be complete by January 2020 and will include two tournament quality fields and two seeded practice fields, along with irrigation and sewer, lighting, landscaping, a parking lot and entrance road. The future phases to complete all 10 tournament quality lighted fields, including a championship field with bleachers and concession and restroom buildings, will follow as funding becomes available through the County’s future capital improvement programs, grants and community fundraising sources.
Commission President Connie Hudson thanked all of those who have helped make this vision a reality. “Citizens and soccer enthusiasts have been anticipating this complex for a very long time and I am delighted that construction will now begin to help address this ever-growing sports recreation need in Mobile County,” said Commissioner Hudson.
The $4 million funding for Phase I construction includes $1.2 million from GOMESA (Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act) for an environmentally-friendly permeable parking lot, and the balance of Phase I costs will be allocated from Commission District 2 Capital Improvement Program Funding. Mobile County Pay-As-You-Go Transportation Funding will also be used to add an entrance road to the complex and to improve Halls Mill Road and Lee’s Lane adjacent to the facility.
The soccer complex project recently received grant allocations from the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Schmidt and Barton Family Fund, totaling over $74,000, to be used toward the construction of the facility. The Mobile County Commission plans to engage Mobile United Futbol Club to maintain and operate the complex.