COLLEGE STATION - Veterans Park is set to get a $3.7 million upgrade. The City of College Station will add two artificial turf fields in hopes to score more tournaments.
"The 7 on 7 event not going to A&M became a catalyst for us to actually push this project forward," said David Schmitz, Director of Parks & Recreation. Due to SEC rules, the annual 7 on 7 football tournament held at Texas A&M for 15 years will move to Round Rock this summer. This year the city estimates it will lose out on the tournament's economic impact of about $900,000.
But with the addition of the two artificial turf fields and the scheduled return of the tournament in 2014, the possibility of keeping it here could be a touchdown waiting to happen.
The city is paying for the fields with money already collected by the hotel/motel tax, and construction will begin summer 2013. Two more additional artificial turf fields will be added in 2014 to bring the total number of fields available for use up to 13.
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