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Sign of the future: Odessa breaks ground on sports complex

Sign of the future: Odessa breaks ground on sports complex

Tuesday, Feb. 27, marked the official start of building the Odessa Sports Complex, according to city officials. New city signs now mark the site’s future.

Among the attendees at a soft groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday were Larry Bell and some of his family members, who donated 100 acres of land valued at more than $5 million for the complex, which will be located on Faudree Road near Yukon Road.

The project is set to include an indoor complex with 20 volleyball courts, 10 basketball courts, and a competition track, according to NewsWest9. Outdoors, there will be 12 multi-use fields for soccer, football and lacrosse. The complex is expected to open later this year or early next year, the news station reported.

The project will be named after Bell’s late daughter, Amy, who left behind a legacy of paying it forward and caring for children.

“Amy was an incredible young woman,” Bell said.

Even before talks of the complex, Bell knew this land would be used to pay tribue to Amy’s legacy.

“We said to each other, someday, this will be Amy’s park,” he said. “Well, that day is coming very soon.”

The Bells’ land served as a cow pasture, and the Bells used to raise, herd and brand cattle at the location.

Now, the land will be used to meet the needs of local youth athletes and provide an economic boost for the city.

Odessa Mayor Javier Joven noted the economic benfits of visitors coming to the complex and also spending their dollars at hotels, gas stations and restaurants.

The city noted the official start of the complex project comes in the recent wake of announcements that Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats also plan to open in Odessa.

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