The Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) is a non-profit youth sports organization serving Western Douglas County. The EAA’s early roots date back to the Elkhorn Soccer Club in 1972, and other sports clubs and associations that followed. In 2015, Jason McDonald and Eric Crouch co-founded EAA, bringing the sports clubs under one umbrella. Today the association serves over 5000 youth athletes participating in nine sports.
When EAA set out to build a state-of-the-art outdoor sports complex to better serve youth athletes and families – and surrounding communities – their team turned to Tim Kerrigan and Ryan Kuehl for help finding a site. EAA conveyed their vision for a regional facility that would attract tournaments and teams throughout the Midwest. Currently, Nebraska state baseball tournaments are split between Omaha and Council Bluffs due to a lack of facilities in Omaha. As a non-profit organization, EAA needed a lot of land at a reasonable price. After looking at several sites, they selected a 142-acre parcel at 264th and Ida St. in Valley, allowing for convenient access off of Highway 275. Phase I of the $43 million project will include eight softball/baseball fields, four soccer fields and a barrier-free field, as well as infrastructure for concessions stands, restroom facilities and parking for up to 1500 vehicles. Additionally, the complex will offer year-round amenities such as walking paths, playgrounds and picnic areas.
In May, the EAA announced a 12-year partnership with MD West ONE, which gives the sports medicine provider naming rights for the new complex. The MD West ONE Sports Complex is targeting to open its soccer and football fields in the fall of 2022, and baseball and softball fields in the spring of 2023.
Congratulations to EAA on this huge milestone! It was a pleasure working with your team to help take the MD West ONE Sports Complex from a dream to reality.
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