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Soccer complex replacing former landfill nears completion

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City officials say what was once a landfill in Wausau is almost now a soccer complex.

Parks Director of Wausau and Marathon County Bill Duncanson say the transformation of the former Holtz-Krause Landfill into a the Marathon County Sports Complex is 95 percent complete.

"We've been working in our community for years to have a place where we have high quality fields where we could host tournaments," said Duncanson.

Crews began construction on the project last year.

Players say they can't wait to hit the fresh field.

"Because we have bigger fields and they're nicer fields and we can have tournaments and other things on it," said Elise Raschke, an 11-year-old soccer player in Wausau.

Duncanson says the estimated $3.5 million complex boasts 15 fields, two parking lots and a concessions area.

On Wednesday, a railroad company gave the complex a $25,000 grant to plant 100 trees on the property this fall.

"The trees are not only going to make it more beautiful, but it will be a much more comfortable place to be in," said Duncanson.

He says the complex will also bring an economic boost to the area.

Duncanson says a weekend-long tournament can bring in about $1.5 million to the area.

"This is going to be an attractor to our community to bring people here," he said. "It's an attractor for businesses that are recruiting employees to come to the community and stay in the community."

City officials and area coaches agree when they say they're looking forward to seeing athletes use the new facility.

"It's all about the players," said Mark Sukanen, a coach of a 10U soccer team. "I think it's great for the kids to have good fields to play on.

The director says he expects the complex will open in May.

He says he hopes to kick off the grand opening with a soccer tournament.

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