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Sports complex to open in January, attract tourism

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Officials at the multi-million dollar Youngsville Sports Complex are announcing it will be opening in late January 2014.

The entire project cost the city $15.2 million paid for by a dedicated sales tax. But, they are expecting that sports tourism will bring much of that money back to the city and eventually pay for itself.

In four months the city will be kicking off their campaign to attract sports tourists to their city with the opening of the state of the art complex.

"The more tournaments we can have the more people we can get into the city. They need to spend money on gas, food, lodging and entertainment while they are here and we're hoping to attract more businesses and ultimately hotels," says the complex's director, Tim Robichaux.

The city, he says, is putting a big emphasis on hotels around the complex.

"I think the hotel tax has already been passed with no hotels, so our vision is to get teams from out of the state and have a place for them to stay," says Robichaux.

A specific date hasn't been set for the grand opening of the complex.

"We're fighting to open in January. It might be later in January, depending on the weather the next three or four months," says Robichaux.

But, Robichaux says they have already have those tournaments booked that will bring in the those tourism dollars.

"To attract state, regional and national tournaments is our goal. We're already booking tournaments for this year and 2015," says Robichaux.

As tourism grows, so will the number of families, says Robichaux, referring to statistics put out by the city, which shows a nearly 30 percent increase in households  in the city from 2010 to 2013.

"It's continuing to grow, so there's a big need for these recreational facilities. So, I think everyone will benefit from the local citizens to all of Acadiana," says Robichaux.

Robichaux says the dedicated tax for the facility will keep funding it after the grand opening, but with maintenance and personnel costs there is still need for sponsors. He says if you are interested in becoming a sponsor download an application from

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