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Lansing Sports Complex Looking To Obtain Liquor License

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - For some, a nice cold beverage and sporting event go hand in hand, but should alcohol be around children?

That's a question Lansing City Council will discuss Monday night at a public hearing as Hope Soccer complex looks for a permanent liquor license.

6 News Nick Perreault has the story from the soccer field.

A request to help revenue, which mid-Michigan sports turf doesn't think is a big deal. But the question is, does the city and more importantly council feel the same way?

Now they're just water bottles and sports drinks around Hope Soccer Complex at Aurelius and Jolly, but that could soon change.

"We want to turn the complex into a multi-sport tournament destination and the alcohol sales will just be another revenue stream to add to that,” said Julie Mullin, Manager, mid-Michigan Sports Turf LCC.

Complex manager Julie Mullins says other venues have liquor licenses and says adding one here could help convince a team to come to Lansing for a weekend.

"It will create traffic through Lansing, it will have people spending money in mid-Michigan and we hope to turn it into a fantastic regionally known tournament destination.”

That’s a destination that has the city's support.

"We want to be a premier facility, like other facilities around Michigan, the estimates are that it will double food and beverage by being able to have this there," said Brett Kaschinske, Lansing Director of Parks and Recreation.

The complex estimates a liquor license could bring in an additional 10 percent revenue, but they'll need a change in the city ordinance by council to make it happen.

"I'm not sure why there isn't other places that they could raise fees that would allow them to make that ten percent margin,” said Carol Wood, City Council member.

The area would be fenced in and spectators wouldn't be able to walk the grounds, but council member Carol Wood is still pulling out the red card.

"You still have young people that are coming in and out, buying food as well, I just don't believe that this is the proper venue for that.”

Management says this will help the complex stay competitive with other venues.

In Lansing, Groesbeck Golf Course is the only other park and recreation group to have a permanent license. A decision could happen at their June 2 meeting.
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