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In addition to providing new soccer, lacrosse, rugby and softball fields to western Montanans, the new Fort Missoula Regional Park will also bring much anticipated revenue from all over the state and region.

Ryan Yearous is the Sports and Wellness Recreation Supervisor for Missoula Parks and recreation. He has been working with various sports teams who are anxiously awaiting the opening of the new facilities.

"Aside from the typical revenue of renting the fields out, we’re looking forward to bringing in all sorts of teams and visitors from outside of Missoula for different tournaments and events to be held at the Fort Missoula Regional Park,” Yearous said. “They’ll be staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, gassing up their vehicles, buying coffee in the morning and many other ways to spend their dollars in Missoula.”

Yearous said many of the facilities at the new Fort Missoula Regional Park are already booked.

“We do have some high school tournaments and events scheduled,” he said. “The one we’re probably most excited about is one of the state high school soccer tournaments in late October. Then, it’s everything from high school age like lacrosse tournaments, and we’ve even started booking adult rugby festivals. We’ve even started booking some cross country running events, and the Missoula Strikers will be having their Intermountain Cup in the second weekend of June.”

One of the most anticipated additions in Phase 2 will be new ASA compliant softball fields.

“In Phase 2, which is under construction right now, and slated to open at about this time next year, will include a seven field softball complex,” he said. “We’ll have the opportunity to pull in ASA (American Softball Association) tournaments from around the state and region. The fields are going to be built up to ASA standards. These will not only be adult tournaments, but we’ll also be able to pull in some Junior Olympic tournaments for youth and some high school tournaments, as well.”