New Holly Springs athletic complex could generate millions, boost economy
Posted March 3, 2015
Holly Springs, N.C. — A new Holly Springs athletic complex could generate millions in annual income to the local economy, officials said.
The North Main Athletic Complex, located near Interstate 540 and N.C. Highway 55, is set to open in May. Officials say expectations are high for the complex, not only for what it will provide athletes, but for the revenue it will bring to the town.
"We look to this complex to contribute about $6.5 million annually to the local area," said Mayor Dick Sears.
With high expectations, Sears said it would take three years to offset the $19 million project.
"All the businesses along 55 Main Street and the bypass are going to have a great relish for this thing because it is going to increase traffic," he said.
Justine Carter, who regularly drives by the unfinished complex, has taken note of the progress.
"We are very excited for when it opens," she said.
Carter's daughter plays for the Wake Futbol Club, one of many teams that will soon play on the complex grounds.
"It is going to be a great opportunity because it is going to be local and we won't have to travel as much," she said.
In total, the complex will include 12 adult and youth tennis courts, two soccer fields, a baseball field, and outdoor basketball courts.
"A dad and a son, or a dad and a daughter can come and play out in the stadium in the morning, and then be able to come out to the stadium that night and watch a baseball game," said town Parks and Recreation Director Len Bradley.
Builders are currently in phase two of the project and construction is expected to be completed by May, officials said.