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Property Donated for New McCracken Sports Complex
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Plans to build a new sports complex in McCracken County are one step closer to becoming a reality.

McCracken County Judge/Executive Craig Clymer announced Thursday morning that VICI Properties Inc., through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, has agreed to gift nearly 58 acres of land at the Bluegrass Downs Racetrack to the County. Another 10 acres will reportedly be leased to the county.

The land will be used as a recreational sports complex for soccer, baseball and softball.

Clymer said he reached out to Sherry Wessel, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah's Metropolis about 18 months ago and she put Clymer in touch with officials at VICI. The company expressed a strong interest in making the donation to the Fiscal Court to benefit the youth of Paducah and McCracken County.  

Last year, the McCracken County Fiscal Court entered an interlocal agreement with the city of Paducah and the McCracken County Sports Tourism Commission was formed. Since then the commission has been working with designers and analysts to determine the local needs and design a facility that will be useful to attract tournaments to Paducah.

Clymer said the property's central location near Noble Park, Stuart Nelson Park, the Greenway Trail and the county park made it ideal. He said the commission will complete a master plan for the grounds early next year. 

“We are delighted. The location is perfect for our needs. For decades, kids have been playing soccer at the old landfill site. This gives us the opportunity to dramatically improve our situation," Clymer said. "It's gonna be a top-notch facility."

Published 11:02 AM, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020
Updated 08:42 AM, Friday Nov. 20, 2020

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