Mar 15, 2013

Will Erie County build an indoor sports complex?

I heard numerous rumors about a indoor sports complex going up at U.S. 6 and Ohio 2 and also around the Cedar Point entrance the past few years, but I have never seen any progress or any truth to these stories. Are they just rumors? I think it would be great for the kids to have something to do in the winter months when they can't go outside such as baseball and volleyball practice. Adam from Sandusky.

The most recent update about a proposed sports complex came nearly a year ago.

Since then, there hasn't been much of an update on the project.

Here's a brief summary on the project for those unaware:

Erie County tourism officials proposed building a $12 million commercial indoor sports center.

A $40,000 study — paid for by Erie County's tourism bureau, Lake Erie Shores & Islands — indicated in May 2012 a sports complex would usher in about $52 million a year as up to 300,000 people each year would stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and spend money in shops.

The whole idea of the project revolves around filling hotel rooms during the winter time when Cedar Point and other outside area amusement parks shut down.

There are, however, many questions about the 162,000-square-foot-facility, including:

• When the complex could be built?

• Where the complex would be built?

• How would construction be funded?

A year ago, county officials vowed to not raise the 6.5 percent county sales tax rate.

One funding option includes increasing the county's 2 percent bed tax rate to 3 percent. That tax is assessed each time a person stays in a hotel or motel.

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I agree w/ donut shop guy not 2 above.

The Answer Person

All the beefing about paying, which I doubt if many of these whiners do, please realize that one of the local philanthopists associated with a community foundation was behind the sports complex idea and quiturbitchin'.


You pay the freebe people are free...

free to reck it too



Behind it not paying for it.

I'll keep commenting.


Beat me to it. Ditto!