Legacy Fields creating an economic impact to Tracy
Located on the north side of Tracy, the Legacy Fields Sports Complex represents years of planning and partnerships between the City of Tracy and local youth sports leagues. The first phase consists of 72-acres, and includes nine baseball fields and six soccer fields, with one additional baseball field and two additional soccer fields to be completed by the fall of 2017.
At full build-out, Legacy Fields will consist of 166-acres of active sport areas. It will eventually serve as the largest multi-sport facility in the region and will aid in responding to the growing demand for sports facilities.
The name “Legacy Fields” touches on the history of Tracy and will provide opportunities for local and regional sports leagues to leave their legacy within the community. Part of that legacy includes the commitment Tracy Little League has made to the City of Tracy and Legacy Fields. Tracy Little League is responsible for the construction of two ball fields and has committed to the ongoing maintenance of five fields that they will operate under a set of lease agreements with the city.
Tracy Youth Soccer and Tracy Babe Ruth baseball will rent fields out at Legacy Fields for league play, while the city will market the soccer fields and ball fields rented by Tracy Babe Ruth for tournament play and other related sports events when the facility is not being rented to those two organizations.
The vision for Legacy Fields is that it will become a desired location for youth and adult sports tournaments, as well as local youth sports league play and related events. But in order for it to become the destination, the facility needs to be amenitized, which means adding the features, improvements and support facilities that will make tournament and program organizers put Legacy Fields on their list of “must book” facilities.
While it will be very playable, Legacy Fields needs to feel good to parents, coaches and tournament directors. It needs to feel welcoming and user friendly. Not only does it need to accommodate the players on the fields, but it also needs to provide an experience that makes kids and adults want to come back.
As we create a high quality sports facility that is aesthetically pleasing and popular with both residents and sports team across the region, it will lead to visitors – store shopping, gas tank filling, restaurant visiting and hotel staying visitors. Legacy Fields has the opportunity to become an economic engine, drawing in people from the West Coast region to compete in baseball, soccer and softball tournaments, as well as shop and buy.
In fact, we anticipate hosting as many as three tournaments per month all year round just with Phase 1. It is anticipated that there will be more than 350,000 visits to Legacy Fields annually once Phase 1 is complete. Parks have economic power, and Legacy Fields will be a benefit to kids in youth sports, local business owners, and the community.