Committee approves proposal for Lexington Sporting Club youth soccer field project

After hours of debate, the Urban County Board of Adjustments approved a proposal for the first phase of the Lexington Sporting Club’s new soccer complex.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 4:50 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After hours of debate, the Urban County Board of Adjustments approved a proposal for the first phase of the Lexington Sporting Club’s new soccer complex.

The meeting Tuesday lasted six hours. We heard from many people in support of allowing the Lexington Sporting Club to build their youth sports complex with 12 soccer fields.

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They cited the potential economic development and opportunities for young athletes, while we also heard from many, many people who said they’re against it, fearing too much traffic and noise.

“I don’t drive around this city and see a bunch of soccer balls. I see horses, horse statues, showing this is where horses are supposed to be. That your city is all about horses,” said Ginny Ray Hogan, who is against the proposal.

“There are other suitable locations within the urban services boundary within Fayette County. There are hundreds of undeveloped or underdeveloped acres here within the urban services boundary,” said Adam Clear, who is against the proposal.

The Lexington Sporting Club filed plans to build a 6,000-seat stadium and the youth soccer complex with 12 fields and 750 parking spots between Newtown Pike and Russell Cave Road. It’s land a horse farm sits on now, and land surrounded by many other farms.

It’s this location dozens of frustrated people spoke out against in front of the Urban County Board of Adjustment Tuesday evening.

A zoning change would be required to build the stadium there, which the board approved.

Just as people spoke out against it, others spoke in support of the potential for economic development and for youth sports.

“I had a degree. First generation because of sport. I didn’t grow up thinking I was going to go to college, but I had to go to college to play my sport,” said Richard Shadwick.

“Watching this group over the last 30, 40 years here in Lexington, in this sport, it’s amazing from where it was at that time. There is certainly a need for something like this,” said Kenny Nusbacker.

The entire project will be privately funded and will not use any public money.

There will be another meeting to discuss the club’s next building proposal in July.

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