Homer Glen officials eye $100M sports complex idea
Fields to include baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse
Village officials in Homer Glen are in discussions with a developer to potentially bring a large-scale sports complex to town.
The developer is examining the feasibility of a Homer Glen complex, whichwould include fields for baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor multipurpose sports field and an ice rink for hockey, Mayor George Yukich said.
If built, the facility with an estimated price tag of $100 million would be situated on about 400 acres of vacant land within the boundaries of 151st and 159th streets and Parker and Cedar roads.
The complex would be modeled on a similar venue, the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., which also includes a 400-acre sports venue with both outdoor and indoor facilities to accommodate year-round sporting events, Yukich said.
Yukich said if the sports complex is built in Homer Glen, it would become a destination for youth sports involving the youngest athletes to those from college teams. The complex also would spur other commercial development, such as hotels, restaurants and retail stores, he said.
An indoor multiuse facility could serve as a concert venue or a convention hall or have events such as RV and car shows, Yukich said.
Homer Glen officials said the village’s proximity to Interstate 355, I-55 and I-80, as well as an abundance of vacant land, are attractive for this type of development, which would bring people in from across the country.
Families with children on travel sports teams need hotels and restaurants dur- ing weekend tournaments, and the sales tax generated fromtheir stays would benefit the village financially, Yukich said. While the vil- lage does not levy a municipal tax, the property taxes generated from the sports complex would help the other taxing bodies, such as the school and fire protection districts, he said. And because the facility would be a destination site, it also could benefit nearby municipalities, he said.
While the developer is still examining whether Homer Glen is a viable option for the sports complex, village officials also would have to decide what contributions the village may make to complete the deal.
One possible option for the village is to buy the land for about $20 million and then lease it back to the privately owned complex, Yukich said.
Fans cheer during the Little League Great Lakes Regional final in August 2017 at a sports complex inWestfield, Ind. Homer Glen officials are in discussions with a developer to bring to Homer Glen a sports facility similar to the one inWestfield.