Pecos approves state-of-the-art sports complex for 2017
It’s been three years in the making, but the City of Pecos is ringing in the New Year with a multi-million dollar sports complex.
City council has approved to move forward with the project and will be breaking ground in the next few months, but the complex won't just be for sports.
It's an empty field full of mesquite and dirt, but give it a year or so and the land sitting off Highway 118 will be home to a multi-level baseball and softball complex.
"I wouldn't definitely call it just a ballfield, I think it wouldn't do it any justice,” said Crisha Molinar with Vision Enterprise. “I would call it a multi-purpose center."
For the past three years Molinar has been working as the city's consultant over the project.
Having spent all of her life in Pecos she knows how valuable and much needed this field is.
"We have been a baseball community for a long time and I think this is just going to be awesome for our community," Molinar said.
The state-of-the-art facility will have four diamond fields which will be suitable for baseball, softball, and little league tournaments.
But what Molinar says is most likely to attract visitors is the three-story clubhouse that will sit in the middle of all four fields.
On the first two floors you will find your traditional concession foods sold and a locker room, and at the top will be a bar and grill surrounded by glass windows giving you a 360-degree look over the facility.
"One of the things we're going to have with it being a multi-purpose center is hold maybe concerts, different things, because one of our baseball fields will have somewhat like an amphitheater," Molinar explained. “It will have the seatings, stadium seatings, things like that. We will be able to bring in entertainment, which is something lacking in our community, so I think it will be great.”
Given all the sports complex will have to offer, the city is expecting to attract visitors from all over.
In 60 days the project will be going out for bid and should take about a year to build.
The cost of the project has not been determined yet, but Molinar says it cannot be more than $8.3 million.