Tecumseh Sportsplex Moving Forward

Tecumseh Town Hall. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A new sports palace for Tecumseh has cleared a big hurdle.

With the passage by town council last week of Tecumseh’s 2018 budget, $400,000 have been set aside to hire an architect to begin designing a new multi-use Sportsplex. The facility has been considered by the town for at least two years, with a feasibility study approved last year.

The Sportsplex, which will be designed to be environmentally “green”, is expected to cost about $24 million and be built near the current Tecumseh Arena. The town is working to secure funding from the province as well as from Ottawa.

The facility will tentatively include a walking track, gymnasium and a full-size artificial turf field for soccer, baseball, football and other activities. The town is hoping the new facility will provide another option for Windsor-Essex sports tourism by providing indoor space for baseball and soccer tournaments as well as practice space for assorted sports.

The Sportsplex would house community events year-round and the town has already received inquiries from area health organizations to use the facility for rehab programs.

Representatives from Tecumseh Minor Soccer and Tecumseh Minor Baseball appeared at Tuesday’s town council meeting to express support for the project. Council has assured the groups that the relocation of the existing baseball field in the proposed Sportsplex location would not disrupt their seasons.

Construction of the Sportsplex could begin as soon as summer 2018, with completion possible by the winter of 2019-2020. When finished, the town will have eight full-time employees handling the complex’s operation.

The town of Tecumseh’s website and official mobile app will have complete details on the project.