Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo (left) and Corpus Christi FC Founder and President Dr. Kingsley Okonkwo (right) | Image Credit: Angela Piazza/Corpus Christi Caller-Times
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Corpus Christi FC and Next Sports Company on Wednesday broke ground on a $28.3 million, 46-acre sports facility. The Corpus Christi FC Multi-Sports Complex, which will feature a 5,000-seat modular stadium and eight multi-use fields, is set to open in fall 2024.
The groundbreaking ceremony marks the commencement of the ambitious project, anticipated to be a pivotal game-changer for the local economy in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend region, according to local officials and stakeholders.
In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony were notable figures including Dr. Kingsley Okonkwo, Founder and President of Corpus Christi FC and Next Sports Company, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo, City Manager Peter Zanoni, CCREDC CEO Mike Culbertson, Corpus Christi Council members, city staff, as well as players from Corpus Christi FC and the Corpus Christi FC Academy.
"Now emerging from a previously underutilized area of our city, our multi-sports complex signifies a landmark development that will leave a lasting imprint on our community," Dr. Okonkwo said. "Its influence is poised to resonate across generations of supporters, visitors and residents who soon will have the privilege of enjoying its world-class amenities.
"With this groundbreaking, we celebrate a pivotal milestone, enabling the realization of a new multi-sports venue. This venture positions us to attract regional and national tournaments, establish a professional soccer team, and provide a world-class training facility for our athletes."
An investment group led by Next Sports Company and Corpus Christi FC Founder and President Dr. Kingsley Okonkwo is developing the facility which is expected to cost $28.3 million when all phases are completed. The project also received a grant under a five-year incentive agreement with the City of Corpus Christi. The complex will include a 5,000-seat modular stadium, eight multi-use fields, a go-kart racing track and offices.
The developers are presently exploring naming rights opportunities for the sports complex with the intention to finalize a naming rights partner by the complex's anticipated completion in fall 2024.