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Nebraska Multisport Complex project lags on

Posted: 6:16 PM, Feb 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-15 22:44:07Z

In the more than a year and a half since the groundbreaking of the Nebraska Multisport Complex in La Vista, the project created excitement and promise - but little's happened since then.

Right now, the site at 120th and Giles is a snow-covered dirt field. Since this project's inception, questions have centered around money.

Phase I is expected to open first. A spokesperson for the project says that includes a dozen lighted soccer fields with artificial turf and scoreboards, along with a fieldhouse.

But, an opening date is not yet set.

The clock is ticking on fully utilizing a turnback tax from a Costco store that opened nearby. The money will be used for Phase II: the Werner Natatorium aquatic venue and a championship racquetball center.

La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig and Sarpy County commissioner Don Kelly both say they're hopeful the project moves forward, but its out of their hands.

The Complex's board has yet to release recent information on fundraising efforts; however, a spokesperson for the nonprofit board says they've taken in more than $20 million as of December. No public money has gone toward the project at this point.