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New Southridge facility to boost economy

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The new Southridge Sports Pavilion is a large space built for sports tournaments and practices, but also events like trade shows and other big gatherings.

It's already getting a lot of use by people in the community even though not everybody knows about it yet. Kennewick mayor Steve Young sees this multi-use facility as a way to engage the community and also to support it economically.

"It drives both retail businesses as well as tourism into this area and that was important to the community. It's heads and beds," said Young.

The pavilion just opened March 1st and already most weekends are booked for sports tournaments into the next couple months. Basketball, baseball and lacrosse are just some of the types of tournaments that have picked up those weekend spots in high demand. 

The thirty thousand square foot structure cost 3.2 million dollars to build. It's paid for by the state local revitalization fund that works to boost cities' economies with new development. The city of Kennewick met with twenty-two community groups to ask what they wanted for the area.  The indoor building has AC for those hot summer days and wind buffers for blustery winter days.

The Southridge Sports Pavilion has a grand opening event on the evening of March 22nd for people to come out and see the finished product.