Palm Beach Premier FC proposes to build mega soccer complex

5 June 2012 (Last Updated June 5th, 2012 18:30)

Local soccer organisation Palm Beach Premier FC has proposed to build a new mega soccer complex in West Palm Beach, Florida, US.

Local soccer organisation Palm Beach Premier FC has proposed to build a new mega soccer complex in West Palm Beach, Florida, US.

The complex would be built on a 163-acre site located along Military Trail west to Haverhill Road and the project would be implemented in five phases, beginning with soccer fields approved by FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football), just west of Palm Beach Lakes High.

In the first phase, the soccer organisation will use the top right portion of the site as an outdoor soccer facility, with 13 floodlit soccer fields, which could include other athletic facilities, a 14,000-seat soccer stadium and a hotel in future.

The second phase of the project will include indoor soccer fields and beach fields (for soccer and volleyball). It will also include a fitness centre, locker rooms, storage, and other mechanical and electrical areas, restaurant and cafe, and retail and business office spaces.

This phase of development will also include a 25,000ft² cultural centre and international soccer hall of fame. Adjoining the indoor pavilion there will be a three-storey dormitory to house town players during tournaments.

The third phase of the project will include a 16,000-seat capacity FIFA-certified international regulation soccer stadium that will have more than 4,000 car parking spaces.

The fourth project phase will include a 3-4 storey hotel south of the beach fields, which will house a VIP floor for professional players on the upper level. The fifth phase of the project includes a wooded area and a lake.

Palm Beach Premier estimates that the indoor field and beach fields could cost about $20m, the stadium about $30m and a three to four-storey hotel with about 150 rooms will cost about $25m.

The land for the complex would be leased from the city for a yet undisclosed amount.