Sports for All Seasons

Raise the Roof: Sports For All Seasons

Boost our economy and the health of our community

By hosting tournaments, an indoor multi-use sports facility would draw groups of people in the winter, when our economy needs a lift. And it would support our local community by providing space and place for kids and adults to practice, play and compete.

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How it works

Visitor spending 2021

Visitors spend money at hotels, restaurants, cultural events and more all around our region. Last year, their direct spending was nearly $850 million. Visitors also pay lodging tax that builds and sustains attractions and funds marketing to bring more visitors.

 

3 million overnight visitors and 10,000 jobs

We’re doing a great job bringing visitors here. We had close to 3 million overnight visitors last year and trends show that we will far exceed that number this year. Visitor spending supports nearly 10,000 hospitality jobs.

 

Countywide TRT collections by month

But we have a problem drawing visitors here in the winter. The seasonality of visitors is hard on hotels, restaurants, etc., requiring them to lay off staff in the winter, when we have fewer visitors.

 

The solution

There is a solution! We need an indoor facility that draws groups of people here in the winter. An indoor multi-use sports facility would bring tournaments from all over the region for indoor track, basketball, volleyball, pickleball and much more.

The added benefit of an indoor multi-use sports facility is that it will serve our local community. Kidsports, Willamalane and school gyms cannot meet the demand. Local teams need a place to practice and play. And our community desperately needs more emergency response space that is climate-controlled and big enough to help when the need arises.

Youth tournaments

We have worked to build a facility like this for more than a decade. Now, we finally have the pieces in place to move this project forward:

  • Location: Lane County Fairgrounds. A master planning process is underway for the fairgrounds. This facility would fit well into that overall plan.
  • Owners/Managers: Lane County and Lane Events Center staff. They are well-equipped to manage a facility like this.
  • Funds: Existing and new lodging tax. We have collected an unprecedented amount of lodging tax that can get us started. And local hotel owners have agreed to an increase in the lodging tax to fund a facility like this.

How do we get this done?

There are a lot of needs, interests, requests and ideas on what to build and not enough money to fund all of them. County Commissioners decide how lodging tax is spent. We want to use it to draw visitors in winter months.

You can help!

We believe an increase in lodging tax should be spent on bringing more visitors here in the winter — this facility is the solution. If you agree, ask your county commissioner to make the decision to do just that — use any increase in lodging tax to fund an indoor multi-sports facility that will bring more visitors here in the winter.

Start now

This sample letter will get you started. Use it to send an email to your county commissioner. Email all of the commissioners at lcbcccom@lanecountyor.gov or individually at the email addresses below: 

I would like to express my support for an indoor multi-use sports facility, and I urge other local residents to do the same. It would provide a year-round economic boost to the local business community while providing local youth with all-season sports and recreational opportunities. As the only facility of its kind in Oregon, an indoor multi-use sports facility would be a unique draw for people across the Pacific Northwest. Let’s get together as a community to make this happen.

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