Plain and simple, we are going to do everything we can to ensure a sports complex gets built in Spearfish. In March of 2014 the City of Spearfish , in conjunction with Greenplay, LLC and Design Concepts, released this study identifying the sports field and court needs of the community. The results were clear back then - we needed more Soccer fields, Baseball and Softball fields, Basketball courts, and more.
Fast forward to November 2019 and the needs are still the same, and yet there has been no change in the amount of fields put into use. In fact, MORE need had arisen with the accelerated interest in Hockey, Swimming, Wrestling, and Gymnastics. Add in the need for space for Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Indoor Climbing, and other sports, combined with similar requirements for Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, and other youth organizations, and the proof is right in front of us - we NEED this facility.
Our plan is to run it with as much volunteer help as possible, but there will be an Executive Director and Facilities Manager hired. As the popularity of the facility grows region wide, additional jobs will be created as we staff ticketing, accounting, concessions, and operations departments. The biggest benefit will be the economic impact this will have around the complex. Wherever similar facilities have been built, the immediate area becomes a hotbed of economic growth. New restaurants, shops, and sometimes hotels all locate within close proximity because of the traffic these facilities generate.
Sports tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry, and South Dakota is a strong travel destination itself. If we produce top flight tournaments and events where teams want to come and compete, adults are more likely to choose our tournament due to the added facet of the Black Hills being a desired destination already. There are communities getting strong visitation with much less travel appeal than Spearfish and the Northern Hills, so we are confident that we can be the total travel package, with families combining sports travel with leisure travel.
Check out these great articles corroborating our claims:
There are literally hundreds more, but the point is clear. We can provide a first-class complex for our local youth organizations and adult sports leagues while providing a coveted travel destination for sports teams and their families.
Let's make it happen! #ItsTime #Our2020Vision