- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Construction is starting on a new $14 million sports complex in Evansville that officials say will help the city attract many youth baseball and softball tournaments.

Several local leaders took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the complex on the city’s northeast side. Plans call for it to have eight baseball or softball fields, along with concession stands, a playground and Wi-Fi towers.

Evansville tourism director Bob Warren tells WFIE-TV construction will continue through the spring and summer, with the fields being ready for play in spring 2015.

Money from Vanderburgh County’s motel tax is being used to finance the project.

Vanderburgh County commissioners President Joe Kiefer tells the Evansville Courier & Press the complex will help the city compete for youth sports events that draw thousands of visitors.

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