SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Council on Monday advanced plans for a proposed private sports facility in the former stockyards area with enthusiasm.
The Arena, a 68,000-square-foot indoor multi-sport facility, will be built directly north of the planned ag expo center, which will be a joint equestrian-recreation facility in the city's former stockyards area.
"Both facilities will work in tandem to support and attract large sporting events as well as take advantage of shared parking," said city economic development specialist Renee Billings.
Billings said the city will be doing a parking study and that the city will be talking further about how the venues can work together to hold complementary events.
Mike Hesse, Jeff Carlson and Dustin Cooper, who have formed the group HCC Enterprises LLC, conducted a presentation Monday on their plans to construct an $8 million sports facility in the former stockyards area.
The City Council then voted 5-0 to set in motion the 30-day notice for the sale of the 4.26-acre parcel of land. Councilwoman Rhonda Capron called the project "huge" for Sioux City.
Carlson said the group hopes to attract groups from Omaha and Sioux Falls to compete in events and provide similar opportunities that teams currently travel to other cities for. Construction could begin in summer 2018.
The facility will include five basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, six batting cages, a turfed area for speed and agility training, a weight room, media room, classrooms, locker rooms and outdoor patio seating. The main court for events and championship games will seat 3,000 people.
Mayor Bob Scott said he had also spoken with a hotel developer interested in building a hotel there. Billings said the hotel could submit a proposal within the 30 days.