A whopping twelve synthetic turf fields will be brought to a sports facility, Kent County Regional Sports Complex, in Kent County, Delaware. The entire project will cost $24 million dollars, but the complex is projected to bring in $24 million of revenue to the local community every year once the synthetic turf complex is open to the public.
Specifically, the organizers hope for the synthetic turf field complex to act as a general activity space for sports and non-sports activities alike. By hosting important sports tournaments as well as festivals and music and entertainment alongside, they expect the complex to attract visitors from out of state who will deposit money into the local economy by staying at hotels and eating at local restaurants for days at a time.
Furthermore, the organizers say that maintaining the synthetic turf fields will cost only one-fourth of what it would cost if natural grass were installed in the fields and that playability will be relatively doubled.
The organizers got the idea from a similar synthetic turf complex in Maryland that has been a large source of revenue for the surrounding community and that revenue generation has been increasing by 5% every year. They hope to have the same results with their own synthetic turf complex in Kent County.