Mobile County Soccer Complex Land Acquisition Approved
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – The Mobile County Commission voted during its July 12 regular meeting to approve the $2.4 million purchase of 61.4 acres of property adjacent to the Mobile County Soccer Complex. The purchase, funded by District 2 Capital Improvement funds, will expand the current footprint of the complex and allow for additional amenities.
District 2 Commissioner Connie Hudson, who has championed the project since 2012, explained that in addition to the phased construction of the Soccer Complex, “future plans may include other amenities such as an indoor aquatics facility for recreational and competitive swimming, beach volleyball courts, disc golf and potentially a public/private partnership to establish a water park.” Hudson anticipates a Request for Proposal to be issued for the water park once the property purchase is finalized.
Phase I of the Mobile County Soccer Complex was recently completed and includes three lighted and sodded fields, water, sewer, drainage, irrigation, parking for over 200 vehicles and entry roads. Phase I use has included youth soccer and lacrosse, AFC Mobile National Premier League practice as well as Ultimate Frisbee. Since opening in 2020, the Complex has been full of activity. Weekend sporting events in the spring averaged more than 1,500 attendees per event, soccer clinics and lacrosse events are ongoing through the summer, the weeknight practice schedule is booked through late fall and recent Ultimate Frisbee tournaments have drawn participants from five surrounding states. The next portion of the project will be the construction of a free-standing concession and restroom building.
Phase II design is nearing completion. Hudson anticipates construction bids will be requested in late summer and that construction should be underway in spring of 2022. Phase 2 will include two additional parking lots, a sodded and lighted championship field, team locker rooms, restrooms, seating for approximately 1,400 people, a press box and a fifth lighted field with artificial turf. As planned, there will be 10 soccer fields once the complex is completed.