SIOUX CITY | A multi-sports venue proposed by three former Sioux City college basketball players will be constructed just north of the planned Bomgaars Ag Expo & Learning Center in the former stockyards area, under plans announced last month.

The sports venue, known as The Arena, will measure 68,000 square feet and 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. 

HCC Enterprises LLC, the name of the group formed by Mike Hesse, Jeff Carlson and Dustin Cooper -- all of whom grew up in Sioux City and played basketball at local colleges -- plans to head the project and complete it as early as summer 2019.

The group made their intentions public earlier this year and have been working with city officials to find a site for the building. 

City economic development specialist Renae Billings said the group considered various locations. The site next to the ag center will be close to the interstate and allow the two facilities complement one another.

"We feel that the two facilities will complement each other very well," Billings said. "We'd be able to utilize both facilities if we get an extremely large tournament." 

The planned facility would host events including youth sports training programs for basketball, football, baseball, volleyball and softball, multi-sport leagues and tournaments, athletic showcase events, multi-court facility rentals, coaching clinics and more. 

The City Council last month approved a measure setting a 30-day notice period to sell the city-owned land in an urban renewal area. The council would then consider the sale on Jan. 8, along with a development agreement, according to city documents.

The city plans to assist the project with either a $500,000 economic development grant or a 100 percent tax rebate over a seven-year period, estimated to have an $830,000 value, according to the documents. The city would sell the land to HCC Enterprises LLC for $1. 

The proposed plot in the 500 block of South Lafayette Street covers 4.26 acres. It's just north of the planned Bomgaars Ag Expo & Learning Center, which is envisioned to host a combination of agricultural, equestrian and recreational events. 


City hall reporter

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