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Plans Begin for Sports Complex in Salt Lake

Plans Begin for Sports Complex in Salt Lake

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(KSL News) -- Salt Lake City is anxious to start building a new sports complex, but to get all the money it needs, the city will work closely with Real Salt Lake.

The sports complex, near the airport, will include 30 soccer fields. Voters approved $15 million to help fund it, but the state still needed another $7.5 million. Real Salt Lake agreed to contribute the money as part of the deal to get a new soccer stadium.

At a council meeting tonight, Real owner Dave Checketts spelled out conditions of the contribution in a letter, including a practice field for RSL, room for a soccer academy nearby and control of naming rights, sponsorships, parking and concessions at the complex.

Paul Burke is the co-chairman of Proposition Five. He said, "I'm excited to work with Real to fulfill our promise to voters to build a facility that will serve Utah's kids for generations."

The city council received initial plans. It will take public input before construction begins.

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