It’s game on for the Brevard County Commission and the United States Specialty Sports Association.
Commissioners voted 4-1 on May 26 to approve a memorandum of understanding to forge an agreement with the USSSA to move the amateur sports organization’s national headquarters from Kissimmee to Space Coast Stadium in Viera.
Under terms of the agreement, if approved, Brevard would spend $10 million in hotel tax revenue on upgrades to the stadium and its surrounding training complex. Brevard would build eight new artificial-turf fields, convert another natural-grass field to artificial turf, add lighting for night games and 600 seats and a concession stand at an existing practice field.
In return, the USSSA would sign a 20-year lease with the county, host at least 175 youth and amateur sports events a year, and guarantee at least 75,000 nights of hotel room rentals in its first year in Brevard and 100,000 annual room rentals by its third year. The USSA also would agree to take over maintenance of the complex, pay $250,000 for annual capital improvements and set aside 75 days for county- or community-sponsored events at the stadium.
USSSA representative Bill James said the organization, which has 4 million members and has called Osceola County Stadium home for the past decade, looked at several Central Florida communities, but chose Brevard because of its location and its access to airports and interstate highways.
“And you’ve got the ‘wow’ factor,” James said. “You have the beaches, the space program, the port and a great inventory of hotels with reasonable rates.”
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