The Florida Youth Soccer Association is moving to the town of Auburndale in Polk County, where a 250-acre sports park will have eight soccer fields, training facilities and headquarters for the FYSA.
Mark Jackson, Polk County
tourism and sports marketing, called the impact of the complex
"massive" an economic
impact of more than $50 million a year.
Besides the soccer fields, which will include a stadium with at
least 1,500 seats. the facility will have nine baseball fields,
stadium for collegiate tournaments.
The complex will allow the FYSA to have a home for its state tournament
and ODP events.
According to the Lakeland
Ledger, the state association will pay for its $2.5 million
headquarters that will include training facilities and locker rooms and
offices overlooking the soccer stadium.