Wiregrass sports campus to open in July

A hard hat tour and official logo unveil signaled construction is moving swiftly on the highly anticipated Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County, at 3211 Lajuana Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Several Pasco County officials and other local dignitaries gathered on Jan. 28 to get an up-close look at the forthcoming $44 million project. The 98,000 square feet of indoor space will be used … [Read more...]

Top moments in sports during 2018

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and lasting memories. Here are some of the highlights, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel Just days after celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the … [Read more...]

Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex breaks ground

Construction has begun on a long-awaited sports field house in Wesley Chapel that is expected to provide more athletic and economic opportunities in Pasco County. The June 7 groundbreaking ceremony for the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex attracted a crowd of more than 100 people, including a Who’s Who of Pasco County dignitaries. The $44 million sports complex is being built at  3211 Lajuana … [Read more...]

Wiregrass sports complex will be hurricane-ready

Pasco County received a $2 million federal grant to make the future Wiregrass Sports Arena hurricane-resistant, according to a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pasco’s emergency management department applied for the grant, which will pay for 75 percent of the approximately $2.7 million total cost of hurricane preparedness. “We’re very excited for this opportunity,” … [Read more...]

Tourist tax increase to help finance Wiregrass sports complex

Pasco County commissioners approved a 2 percent increase in the tourism tax and cleared the way to finance construction of the Wiregrass Sports Complex of Pasco County. The added revenues will be used as collateral to secure a construction loan of up to $15 million for a 98,000-square-foot multi-purpose indoor sports venue. The tax increase is on top of an existing 2 percent tax collected on … [Read more...]

Wiregrass sports complex expected to open in 2019

The Wiregrass Sports Complex of Pasco County could be open as soon as spring 2019, Richard Blalock, chief executive officer of RADD Sports said last week. The sports management and development company anticipates finalizing agreements with Pasco County by August. The construction of the 98,000-square-foot indoor sports complex is expected to take 18 months, though Blalock is hopeful it can be … [Read more...]

Sports complex wins crucial approval

Pasco County commissioners agreed to push ahead with a proposal from RADD Sports to build a $25 million sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch. About $15 million in funding would be from a bank loan, secured with a proposed 2 percent increase in the county’s tourism tax. Nearly $11 million would come from previously pledged tourism dollars, and sales tax revenues. County commissioners … [Read more...]

Sports complex proposals under scrutiny

Two proposals for a Wiregrass Ranch sports complex passed muster with an evaluation committee searching for the right concept to maximize sports tourism in Pasco County. These proposals serve up a buffet line of amenities including large, indoor gymnasiums with multiple playing courts, an amphitheater, a hotel or two, lighted turf fields and some outdoor ball fields. Finalists were … [Read more...]