Lake Elsinore proposes construction of large sporting complex

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The City of Lake Elsinore seeks to construct a major sporting complex for high profile youth tournaments. (KABC)

The city of Lake Elsinore is hoping to grow its reputation beyond its well-known lake.

A plan was in the works to turn 23 acres of land into a 520,000-square-foot in-door sports complex.

"The sports complex is going to provide an opportunity for multi-use sports in our city, really working toward tournament play and bringing tourism to our city," Lake Elsinore City Councilmember Natasha Johnson said.

The proposed Lake Elsinore Diamond Sports Center was touted as a destination venue for large sporting events and would include a championship arena capable of seating 3,000 people.

Its primary focus would be on youth tournament sports, ranging from volleyball to basketball.

"We have been focused on economic development in youth sports because we believe it's a huge opportunity and a growing arena that we weren't taking part in," Johnson added.

The privately funded development would be built next door to Lake Elsinore's minor league baseball stadium.

"I can't imagine something across the street is going to fill capacity and generate that revenue. I don't see that happening," Longtime resident Paul Cano said as he expressed his skepticism of the plan.

Others however, such as Menifee resident Diane Baker, noted the complex would bring her to Lake Elsinore more often.

"I come here to hike, but something like that would draw my attention to this community. There's not much over here so it would be something fun," Baker said.

The city's planning commission was set to vote on the plan before sending it to the city council.
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