Noxubee agrees to new sportsplex for approximately $1.2 million

By: Brian Wilson, Noxubee Economic & Community Development Alliance
By: Brian Wilson, Noxubee Economic & Community Development Alliance

Representatives of the Noxubee County School District, Noxubee County
Board of Supervisors, and the City of Macon recently reached a historic
agreement to develop a new sportsplex on Highway 45 for approximately
$1.2 million dollars. The Noxubee Sportsplex will serve as the
permanent home field for the Noxubee High School Tigers while also
providing a state-of-the-art facility for community baseball, softball,
and soccer leagues and tournaments.

The completed Noxubee Sportsplex will include 4 baseball/softball
playing fields in a diamond layout surrounding a concession and rest
rooms facility along with appropriate parking spaces. Soccer fields
with concession and restrooms will be included in the project's second
stage. The Sportsplex will be located adjacent to the new Noxubee Civic
Center and Ag Arena and directly across Highway 45 from Noxubee County
High School.

The Noxubee Sportsplex will be constructed in 2 stages over a 2 year
period with financial and in-kind contributions from each of the
parties.

The Noxubee County School District will provide $300,000 a year for each
year to total approximately $600,000 for the completed sportsplex.

The Noxubee County Board of Supervisors will provide $100,000 plus
in-kind dirt work for each year to total $200,000 and in-kind dirt work
for the completed sportsplex.

The City of Macon will provide $50,000 a year for each year to total
$100,000 for the completed sportsplex. Macon also agrees to maintain
the playing fields for the first 5 years, which is valued at
approximately $10,000 per year.

The governing boards of all three parties are expected to review and
ratify the agreement at their regularly scheduled meetings in the next
couple of weeks.

"The Sportsplex is another big step forward for Noxubee County. It will
greatly enhance our quality of life and boost our efforts to attract new
residents and new businesses. Within 3 years we will have a Civic
Center, a Sportsplex, and an impressive looking high school all
clustered together on Highway 45 which is the gateway through Noxubee
County. Once the paving and landscaping is complete, Noxubee County
will have a showplace we can all be proud of."
- Brian Wilson, Executive Director, Noxubee Economic & Community
Development Alliance

"The Sportsplex will be a great asset to our own citizens but it will
also give us the opportunity to host tournaments and generate revenue
from our out-of-town visitors. It just makes good business sense for
Macon to pool our resources with the county and the school district so
we can build the best facility possible."
- Bob Boykin, Mayor of Macon

"It's the right thing to do for the children of Noxubee County."
- William "Boo" Oliver, President, Board of Supervisors


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