GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Severe weather over recent weeks has delayed the completion of a multi-million dollar athletic venue in the City of Two Rivers.
A 10-acre site at Chapman Park in Geneva is being transformed into a million-and-a-half dollar soccer complex expected to draw state tournaments and become a showcase here in the Wiregrass.
Geneva Mayor David Hayes says heavy rains and supply chain issues have delayed the
completion of a million-and-a-half dollar soccer complex.
It will include two standardized fields along with a concession complex. It’ll provide a home for the 150 kids in the city rec. league that currently plays their games at Geneva High School’s baseball and softball outfields.
Mayor Hayes says, “after COVID we’ve had large supply-chain issues, trying to get materials in. The project kicked off after that. We’ve had a lot of weather issues a lot of rain, a lot of cold weather, and materials to put in the building. It’s coming together we are looking for 30 to 45 days close to being completed.”
Mayor Hayes says the soccer complex will be used by high school teams, but will also be used by the rec league as far as getting young people involved in the sport. Once completed in late May or early June, it’s expected to host some major state tournaments, bringing folks from across Alabama to Geneva for possibly the first time.
“It should be a huge draw for our town. Hosting tournaments and playing towns from outside our area, but we’re looking forward to it,” according to the mayor.
In addition, new, state-of-the-art outdoor lighting poles have been installed. The led lights automatically rotate and illuminate the darkest areas of the fields.