Brevard tops Volusia in bid for sports group USSSA
A national amateur sports association that was considering Daytona Beach for its new home likely will be moving to Brevard County instead.
That move will include the various tournaments the United States Specialty Sports Association holds that draw thousands of people every year.
Brevard County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with USSSA - a Kissimmee-based organization that governs about a dozen sports. That agreement calls for Brevard to spend $10 million in improves to the Space Coast Stadium complex in Viera, including constructing four new synthetic turf baseball fields.
In return, the USSSA will enter a 20-year lease with the county and guarantee 75,000 hotel room nights in its first full year of operation, and 100,000 room nights by its third year, according to the memorandum. The next step is a formal contract to be negotiated between Brevard and USSSA.
Construction of the new fields is expected to begin in mid-2016 with the goal of being ready by early 2017.
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