Hoover city leaders agree to build $70 million multi-purpose sports complex

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Hoover residents had mixed reactions Monday night about a $70 million multi-purpose sports complex that's being proposed to be built in the city.

"I was hoping to see the vote postponed. Give the taxpayers a little more time more of some of the information," Stephen Hertz said.

"All Hoover sports are growing and we're desperate for the space for our kids," Amanda Traywick said.

Both the mayor and city councilors remained tight-lipped about the project until releasing the plan's specifics during Monday night's City Council meeting.

That move didn't sit well with Dustin Chandler.

"Anytime the taxpayers are asked to step up and pay the tab on anything nothing should be tight-lipped. Everything should be transparent. Nobody should have gone into this meeting never seen a rendering of the plans," he said.

Speaking of the plans, the sports complex is slated to built next to the Hoover Met along with soccer, football and other sports fields.

The master plan also includes a food court and performance center.

"This has been a need for a really long time, and it's something a lot of people have been asking for, for a really long time," Traywick said.

The last time the city constructed a sports field was back in 2000.

Hoover city leaders say the new sportsplex should have a nearly $33 million economic impact.

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