Collier County Seeks Sports Complex Operator
Emerging Sports Destination Issues Request for Information
Collier County, Florida has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) for Sports Complex Management Services. The county is in the process of developing a regional tournament-caliber amateur sports facility in multiple phases. The project will be constructed on two tracts of land east of downtown Naples totaling 120 acres.
The project was conceived after extensive research determined an opportunity to support local demand and sports tourism. The research culminated in a comprehensive assessment, completed by Hunden Strategic Partners (HSP). The report identified three components for the initial sports complex: 1) Eight multipurpose fields and eight baseball/softball fields; 2) a multipurpose championship venue with 3,000 to 6,000 seats; and 3) a fieldhouse/indoor facility up to 125,000 square feet.
The concept also calls for potential creative amenities to be designed in and around water management features and fields, such as walking and running trails, bicycle and running tracks, beach volleyball, and shaded rest areas.
“The county is not locked into this field configuration,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We want operators to tell us what they would need to make money in the amateur and youth sports environment. Our goal is to create the best facility in the country. When your think of field sports, we want you to think of Collier County, Florida,” he added.
Collier County is seeking responses to the RFI from organizations that have an interest in the management of the proposed sports complex. The county is specifically interested in understanding the types of services that qualified organizations can provide to the project. Through the RFI process, the county is interested in understanding the extent to which the private sector may be able to take on all or part of the management of the proposed outdoor sports complex and potential future phase indoor sports complex.
Please visit www.colliercountyfl.gov to view solicitation #18-7310 for Sports Complex Management Services via the procurement division’s BidSync system.