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Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments
Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch (5895 Post Blvd) is undergoing big changes this week, investing over $1 million in making sure the regional economic impact seen this year by visiting sports teams is one that can continue in the future.

Specifically, the success of the Premier Sports Campus has dictated the investment of $1.1 million in the installation of lights on 8 fields to facilitate longer field play by major tournaments coming to the area over the next year. The installation will take place on Monday September 26, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Starting on Friday, light poles began arriving for installation at the sports campus. “The lights make us very unique in that we are the ONLY local facility that is privately owned that has playing fields with lights,” Mulqueen said.  “We can now be host to at least nine national events – events that will be massive in terms of economic impact and exposure to the area that we could not have secured without lights.” 

The campus, which opened in April of this year, is a multi-purpose facility that is home to 22 full-sized, mixed-use fields for soccer, lacrosse and other amateur sports, and features Celebration grass and underground irrigation. It also has nine additional tournaments scheduled over the next 12 months and features sports ranging from soccer to lacrosse to Ultimate Frisbee.

The complex is used for amateur and professional top-flight and world-class sporting tournaments, events, camps and clinics and is located in Lakewood Ranch – the 8,500-acre, award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. 

Most recently, The Labor Day soccer tournament at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch brought in approximately 19,000 amateur athletes and fans, generating more than $8 million in economic impact to the region.  

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