The initial lease arrangement, Lamb said, will allow Summit to be exempt from ad valorem taxes during what Lamb said were the initial “start up” years of the enterprise. Summit Sports has already received approval from the city planning commission and will not need further approval from the city council.
Turner said 15 to 20 full-time employees would be hired to run the complex as well as dozens of part-time employees.
Lamb said the land purchase was from a capital improvements project fund and voter approval of a three-quarter cent sales tax measure in 2000.
Among those speaking at the news conference was former University of Central Oklahoma volleyball coach Mark Hearon of Oklahoma Peak Performance, a volleyball club with about 500 girls ages 11-18.
“This is an exciting time for us,” Hearon said. “This will be top-notch and there is not another facility that rivals this.”
It was also welcomed by Tim McLaughlin, who is involved with the new professional Oklahoma City franchise in the North American Soccer League.
“This facility is very much needed,” McLaughlin said. “It will save people from having to drive to Dallas or Kansas City.”
Former NBA and Oklahoma State University basketball player Desmond Mason is an honorary member of the advisory board.
“This offers something to the next generation of athletes,” Mason said. “For former professional athletes it gives us a place to work out.”
Turner does not think the arena will be confused with Summit Middle School in west Edmond. Lund wasn't as sure.
“That is an issue, which may have to be addressed later,” Lund said.