Plano Sports Authority is looking to expand again and has chosen McKinney as the site for its fourth multisport facility. After receiving unanimous approval from McKinney’s City Council during its Tuesday meeting, PSA will now move forward with the construction of a 90,000-square-foot multisport facility to be located at Gabe Nesbitt Park.
The indoor facility will be used for youth basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, skill training and camps. The total cost of the facility is projected to be $9.7 million. PSA requested a $3.2 million loan from MCDC to be used for equity funding and will be repaid over a period of four years. The balance of the cost for the facility is to be financed by a PSA-secured loan.
“This facility meets a need identified by the community for a youth multisport facility through feedback from a community quality of life survey. The MCDC board unanimously approved the project, and we look forward to bringing a PSA facility to McKinney,” said Cindy Schneible, MCDC Executive Director.
PSA currently has two locations in Plano and is set to open a third location in Murphy in a matter of days. The McKinney facility will be similar to the other PSA locations with multiple indoor basketball courts that can be easily changed into volleyball courts and an indoor soccer stadium. The design of the McKinney location will be very similar to the PSA Murphy location (shown above).
PSA is a non-profit organization that offers youth sports leagues in many different sports. PSA has requested a $3.2 million loan from the McKinney Community Development Corporation to expedite the construction process. PSA is obtaining the remaining $6.5 million through a bank loan.
Don Blackwood, PSA General Manager, told the council that asking for the loan was not how the PSA normally operates in its construction process, but the demand for a PSA facility is so great in McKinney that PSA wants to get the building completed as soon as possible.
Blackwood said that the PSA typically has built a new building every 4-5 years, but so many of the PSA members in McKinney have requested a McKinney location that PSA felt the need to accelerate the normal expansion timeline.
After approving PSA’s request, Mayor Brian Loughmiller welcomed the PSA representatives to McKinney and said, “We look forward to seeing this facility open.”
The McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Department currently serves about 2,500 youth annually in basketball and volleyball, in addition to 14,000 combined in outdoor sports like football, baseball, soccer, softball and lacrosse.
“While McKinney has great participation in sports leagues, there are McKinney residents currently participating in sports in other towns due to capacity limits because of limited facilities available for practice and games. A multisport facility in McKinney will undoubtedly increase the already high level of youth sports participation in our city by addressing a pronounced need of space,” said Lemuel Randolph, PROS Director.