Announcing The Premier Sports Campus
Monday, March 21, 2011
ANNOUNCING THE PREMIER SPORTS CAMPUS AT LAKEWOOD RANCH
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (SMR) is pleased to announce the winners of the name and logo contest for its Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. Mercedes Movilla, of Lakewood Ranch, is the winner of the name contest, and was awarded $1,000 at a press conference on March 21, 2011. Michael Muscarella of Sarasota is the winner of the logo contest, and was awarded $2,000 at the conference.
“We received close to 500 entries for the contest,” said Tim Mulqueen, Lakewood Ranch’s director of sports. “The entries came in from all over the country and we could not be more pleased to have chosen two local residents as the winners. We feel the name and logo represent the high quality of the complex while staying consistent with the Lakewood Ranch theme.”
Also at the press conference, SMR officials announced several upcoming events to take place at the campus, including soccer goalkeeper clinics and an academy put on by one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. soccer, Tim Howard. Howard is a current player on the U.S. Men’s National Team, World Cups 2006/2010 and Everton FC Goalkeeper. In a provided statement, Howard said that the Premier Sports Campus will be one of the great playing and training environments in America for all levels of soccer. “I am excited to develop a goalkeeper academy at the campus and to become a part of the soccer community here in Lakewood Ranch,” he said.” America’s future national team players are playing on youth fields across the country and the Premier Sports Campus is the perfect facility for maximizing youth development.”
In addition there are several upcoming events already booked for the new campus, to be hosted by the Clearwater Chargers, an anchor tenant. The Chargers’ organization is expanding and will host tournaments, offer a daily soccer program, a recreational and competitive league and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, all at the Premier Sports Campus.
“We could not be more pleased about an organization of this caliber choosing to be a tenant at the sports complex,” said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of SMR. “This is just the beginning of an exciting initiative that will change the face of this region forever and create a sports mecca that will attract countless numbers of visitors and inject millions of dollars into our local economy for years to come.”
The Chargers’ inaugural event at the campus will be a Florida Youth Soccer Association tournament on April 30, bringing 64 teams to the area.
Officials at the Sarasota County Visitor’s Bureau and the Manatee County Sports Commission project a total economic impact from this tournament alone to be more than $700,000. “Sporting events like this are invaluable to a region’s economy,” said Joe Pickett, Manatee County Sports Commissioner. “The Premier Sports Campus is unlike any other complex in the state, with 22 well-maintained fields and parking all in one area; it’s close to shopping, restaurants, hotels and amenities. Teams are already beginning to line up to come here and once this campus is up and running, we estimate the economic impact to the Sarasota and Manatee County region to be hundreds of millions of dollars each and every year.”
Tryouts for the Clearwater Chargers’ soccer academy will take place on May 4, tryouts for the competitive team will take place on May 31, and The Chargers will form a recreational league this fall for children ages 4 to 19. The Chargers already have plans for tournaments on Labor Day with 300 teams and on Thanksgiving weekend.
The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch officially opens on April 1, 2011, and is a multi-purpose facility that will be home to 22 full-sized, mixed use fields for soccer, lacrosse and other amateur sports, and will feature Celebration grass and underground irrigation. The complex will be used for amateur and professional top-flight and world-class sporting tournaments, events, camps and clinics.
The Premier Sports Campus is located in Lakewood Ranch-- the 8,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches, and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 15,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information Visit www.lakewoodranch.com.