Construction to begin on Kingsland sports complex
KINGSLAND — The groundbreaking on the first phase of a sports complex will be held in coming weeks in Kingsland that developer Bill Gross says could draw as many as 3 million visitors a year.
Epic Adventures, a 480-acre sports entertainment complex, will feature 10 fields where baseball, lacrosse and soccer can be played, a handicap-access stadium, water park, RV park, mini golf, restaurants, a market featuring Georgia produce and many other features.
“The state wants this to be as much about Georgia as possible,” he said.
Construction of the first phase, a 219-space RV park, will begin soon, with the entire complex expected to be completed within five years, Gross said.
“We think this is a great nucleus to get this going,” he said.
The complex, which will create an estimated 1,180 full-time jobs and more than 400 part-time positions, was originally planned as an amusement park but the developers backed out when the economy tanked a decade ago.
“I didn’t dream this up. It was an evolution of events,” Gross said. “This is not an amusement park.”
Gross said he believes the complex will be a success because of the location off Interstate 95 at Exit 3. An estimated one of every seven of the 58,000 vehicles traveling through Camden County on the interstate each day get off at Exit 3.
“This will have a positive impact on the economy,” he said. “We can expand our hospitality district we already have.”
The complex will target traveling leagues to host tournaments, where teams are expected to stay two to four days, and possibly longer. Many of the parents and guardians accompanying their teams will be looking for things to do when their teams aren’t playing.
“People come for sports tourism,” he said. “You want to be able to fill their time when they’re not at the tournament.”
Some of those activities include fishing, golf and tourist destinations such as Cumberland Island National Seashore, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Crooked River State Park.
“It will encourage people to stay and explore Georgia,” Gross said. “We think this will be a great opportunity to slow people down and be able to explore the coast.”