Sanford, FL – November 16, 2017 – “Today Osceola County is upping its game with a $10.7 million investment to improve Austin-Tindall Sports Complex,” said Osceola County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. as he addressed the crowd at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Originally constructed in 1993, the 115-acre sports park serves as a venue for various sports events including soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby. The park has hosted many influential teams throughout its history including the 1994 Moroccan World Cup Team and the 1996 Japanese Olympic Team.
“The timing for this is right,” remarked Commissioner Hawkins. “In April, the National Association of Sports Commission reported that sports related travel spending is up 10 percent to $10.47 billion in 2016,” he enthusiastically added.
Key elements of the multi-phased enhancement will include a new entrance to the complex that will help the flow of traffic off Boggy Creek Road during events. The project will also add five new sports fields including a championship soccer stadium with 1,500 seats and press box with a digital scoreboard, a new concession building, additional sports lighting and parking, and improved signage with digital marquees. The additions and improvements will bring the number of large fields to 13, along with three smaller ones, and is being funded by tourist development dollars.
Wharton-Smith was selected as the construction manager for the job coming off recent successes at the Boombah Sports Complex and Soldiers Creek Park, both in Seminole County. The project is expected to be complete in July 2018.