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‘The need is huge,’ the Nebraska Multi-Sport Complex in La Vista returns to the game

Here they go again in La Vista. “Throughout all of this, we have not lost our faith,” La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said at a news conference on Friday. Kindig was back on the premises of a multi-million dollar multisports complex near Interstate-80 and Giles Road for the announcement. It’s a replay of August 2016 when Kindig, Gov. Pete Ricketts and those same players laid the groundwork for a project that didn’t make it to the finish line, which was time and challenging and there were some bumps in the road,” said Mike Cassling, executive chairman of Nebraska Multi -Sports Complex Cassling promises they’re ready to play this time.”When we first started looking for needs, the biggest impacts were actually field sports and soccer. There are 26,000 kids in Omaha that play soccer,” he said for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, softball, baseball and flag football.” It shows how perseverance pays off and the board came together, recognized the needs in the community and worked to overcome the various obstacles, although it took longer than any of us would have hoped, they’ve been able to move forward and we’ll continue to see children playing in fields this fall,” Ricketts said. Two more phases will bring a field house, tennis and pickleball courts. Remember the US swimming trials pool from 2012, they still have it. “It’s in storage,” Cassling said. “We need it.” Right now the focus is on football and helping players who are fed up with traveling to tournaments. “Our grandparents can come, all our friends can come. There are many options we can have, and we can sleep in our beds instead of hotel beds,” said Elli Jones, 13. Cassling said 80 percent of the cost is being met by private donors and foundations. He said they have $8 million left from the first launch. The city received a $3 million grant as part of its economic development program. The board also requested $15 million from the state’s ARPA fund program.

Here they go again in La Vista.

“Throughout all of this, we have not lost our faith,” La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said at a news conference on Friday.

Kindig was back on the premises of a multi-million dollar multi-sport complex near Interstate-80 and Giles Road for the announcement.

It’s a replay of August 2016, when Kindig, Gov. Pete Ricketts, and those same players laid the groundwork for a project that didn’t make it to the finish line.

“We made the announcement but haven’t really raised funds yet, which took time and was challenging, and there were some bumps in the road,” said Mike Cassling, executive chairman of the Nebraska Multi-Sport Complex.

Cassling promises they’re ready to play this time.

“When we started looking where the needs were, the biggest impact was really field sports and football. There are 26,000 kids in Omaha who play soccer,” he said.

The $32.4 million Phase 1 will feature 12 multipurpose turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, softball, baseball and flag football.

“It shows how persistence pays off and the board came together, saw the need in the community and worked to overcome the various obstacles. Although it has taken longer than we all hoped, they have been able to keep moving forward and we will continue to see children playing in fields this fall,” Ricketts said.

Two more phases will bring a field house, tennis and pickleball courts. Remember the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Trial Pool, they still have it.

“It’s in storage,” Cassling said. “We need it.”

At the moment the focus is on football and supporting players who are tired of traveling to tournaments.

“Our grandparents can come, all our friends can come. There are many choices we can have and we can sleep in our beds instead of hotel beds,” said Elli Jones, 13.

Cassling said 80 percent of the cost will come from private donors and foundations. He said they had $8 million left from the first run.

The city has received a $3 million grant as part of its economic development program.

The board also requested $15 million from the state’s ARPA fund program.

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