The Social and Economic Impact Throughout the Development of a Turf Athletic Complex on an Urban Community
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As a collegiate student-athlete, I believe that the benefits of a new and state of the art athletic facility exceed the costs to develop and build one. Youth players would become both inspired and excited about athletics with the implementation of a new complex. The entire community would experience the benefits of inspired youth players to economic success of local businesses, specifically hotels and restaurants. This paper will look at similar athletic complexes that have been built around the country and will be researched to understand costs versus benefit and to see how they contribute to the social and economic impact on a community. Also it will dive into the positives and negatives that encompass the entire life span of a multisport complex starting with the history of artificial playing surfaces and ending with the social and economic impact one has on a community years after completion. The paper is written by a collegiate student-athlete who has played in a multitude of facilities and looks to provide further insight on the benefits of quality facilities. There is a different level of comfort when playing on an artificial surface. Athletes who have played through the ranks of field quality understand that all surfaces do not play true. When competing on surfaces, such as turf, an athlete can expect field conditions to be consistent every game/practice and will be hardly affected by weather. The technology we have today allows us to grow faster than we have ever been able to before.