Davis soccer complex has $1M price tag

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Bryon Saxton

FARMINGTON — It will cost nearly $1 million for the proposed competitive, four-field soccer complex being built in west Farmington on Davis County property.

On Tuesday the Davis County Commission opened construction bids for a complex of four collegiate-level soccer fields to be built on the Legacy Events Center campus at 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.

The five bids received for the project, being developed southeast of the events center indoor horse arena, range from an apparent low of $859,386 to a high of $1.1 million.

“We’re in the range,” Events Center Director Dave Hansen said of the project’s cost. He said architects had estimated the cost would be between $800,000 and $1 million.

The county prior to putting the project out for bid did a “prequalifying” of firms to ensure the company selected could complete the work, Davis County Chief Deputy of Audit and Finance Curtis Koch said.

“It isn’t just grass. There is infrastructure that needs to go in. It is not as simple as throwing some lawn seed out,” Koch said.

The commission is expected to award a bid for the project within the next few weeks.

“We have been working on this project for many years,” County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.

“This is a very important project to us.”

The four-field complex will be used to attract out-of-area soccer tournaments to the county, as well as help handle the high field demand for area youth competitive soccer leagues, Hansen said.

Ever since the county started talking about building the complex, Hansen said, they have discovered there are a number of competitive soccer leagues in search of somewhere to play.

Where the four fields will be collegiate-sized, they will be laid out in such a way as to accommodate even more youth games.

The fields will also be available for lacrosse and rugby tournaments, he said.

“That helps justify the expense,” Hansen said.

The plan is to have construction begin within three weeks, and be completed within 120 days of that, in hope of having the fields available for next summer’s soccer season.

The complex is being funded with tourism tax revenues, generated from the hotel room, restaurant and vehicle rental tax.

Those taxes generate about $4.4 million a year for the county, officials have said.

The idea behind the soccer fields is to bring in large tournaments that can benefit the entire community from a tourism standpoint, which is the purpose of the tourism tax.

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