Governor Cuomo Announces $22 Million to Construct a World-Class Tournament-Based Recreation and Sporting Complex in Downtown Utica

The Nexus Center Will Serve as a Premier Tournament-Based Facility for Ice Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Soccer and Other Field Sports

January 17, 2019

Will Draw Sports Teams from Throughout the Northeast to the Mohawk Valley Region

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $22 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant funding has been awarded to the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority for the construction of the Nexus Center, a world-class, tournament-based sports complex in downtown Utica. The Nexus Center will be a 169,440-square-foot facility to be utilized primarily for ice hockey, box lacrosse, soccer and other field sports, and will draw competitive youth teams from across the U.S and Canada.

"The success of our downtown communities is vital to regional economic growth and this new world-class sports complex will help transform Utica and drive tourism in the area," Governor Cuomo said. "The Nexus Center is part of our bold vision to make downtown Utica a destination for visitors from across the globe and at the same time generate exciting new opportunities for Mohawk Valley residents."

"This significant investment as part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative for the construction of the Nexus Center will add a world-class sports facility in Utica," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This tournament space will bring various teams to the area from across the country, attracting visitors to the Mohawk Valley and continuing to grow the economy of the region."

This $44-million facility will be adjacent to the Adirondack Bank Center, the home of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets, Utica College men's and women's hockey programs, and the Utica Jr. Comets youth hockey organization. The ice can be easily transformed into field-based surfaces to attract sports that can be performed on a turf playing surface. In addition, the Nexus Center will feature more than 25 locker rooms, commercial office space, college classroom space, retail space, food and beverage services, and other multi-purpose training space. The Nexus Center is projected to host 24 hockey and 24 lacrosse tournaments each year and will see a projected 322,560 annual visitors who will spend more than $26 million a year during their stay in the Mohawk Valley Region.

Read the full press release here.