The Wake County Board of Commissioners awarded the Town of Knightdale a $1 million grant for the development of a soccer complex on May 21, 2018. The proceeds from the Hospitality Tax Small Projects Capital Grant will be utilized in the construction of the initial phase of the project, which is being developed in cooperation between the Town of Knightdale and the North Carolina Football Club (NCFC).
The realization of this project is made possible through a historic land donation from the Wake Stone Corporation to the Town of Knightdale. The contribution of roughly 40 acres, valued at approximately $2 million, for Phase One is the largest donation of land in Knightdale’s history.
Said Sam Bratton, President of Wake Stone Corporation:
“It is exciting to see this vision become a reality after years of working with the Town and other stakeholders to provide additional recreational opportunities for our community. At Wake Stone, we have a long history of serving the communities where we operate, and we are glad that this donation will benefit the residents of Knightdale and the greater Wake County region for generations to come.”
Knightdale Mayor James Roberson stated:
“Partnerships with supporters like the Wake Stone Corporation, NCFC, and Wake County are what creates sustainable economies in communities such as ours. This project will generate an estimated economic benefit of $4.4 million annually, bringing an estimated 261,000 visitors to Eastern Wake County.” Bob Harris, Director of Operations for NCFC Youth stated, “North Carolina Football Club is excited to partner with Knightdale to provide this opportunity for eastern Wake youth. It’s fantastic location and facility size will allow for us to expand many programs including our college showcase.”
Phase One includes five, regulation-sized fields, new road construction, and appropriate maintenance facilities located at the intersection of Forestville Road and Old Crews Road, Knightdale NC.
The North Carolina Football Club is online at www.northcarolinafc.com.
See Wake County’s original call-for-proposals on WakeGov.com.
Source: Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale NC