Mohawk Soccer Complex Grand Opening
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TULSA WORLD article on the Grand Opening
Construction of the complex at 3500 E. 56th St. North was completed in the fall with the expectation that it would be up and running this spring.
The Mohawk Soccer Complex officially opened Tuesday with city officials announcing that they are negotiating an agreement with the Tulsa Sports Commission to promote and operate the facility.
The objective is to turn the 17-field facility into a home for regional and national soccer tournaments that will spur economic development, officials said. The Tulsa Park and Recreation Department will maintain the fields.
"I am excited not only for north Tulsa, but I am excited for all of Tulsa because this is really a beautiful facility," City Councilor Jack Henderson said at an afternoon press conference. "Because it is here with this many soccer fields, I know that north Tulsa is going to be on the move now.
"I know there is going to be economic development that would not have been had these soccer fields not been here."
The city began searching for an operator a year ago and received four proposals. Using a process that included grading by an evaluation committee, the city chose Big League Dreams to operate the facility and began negotiating with the company in October. The deal eventually fell through.
"They just didn't work out, so we're working with the Sports Commission," Parks Director Lucy Dolman said prior to the press conference. "It keeps it local, and it's a good fit."
Sports Commission Senior Vice President Ray Hoyt said the commission has already begun working to attract tournaments to the facility and that soccer would not be the only sport played there.
The facility "will also help our region compete for a variety of college-level sporting events, including lacrosse, field hockey and many other sports," Hoyt said.
The complex's first soccer tournament will be the Friendship Cup Tournament on April 26 and 27. The event is expected to draw 150 teams.
More than $5 million of the $6.7 million project was paid with Vision 2025 funds, with the remaining money coming from the 2001 and 2006 third-penny sales taxes and private donations.