Olympic officials meeting with SportsQuest leaders

By Matt Butner - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Could Chesterfield County become a hub for Olympic athletes?  That's what the people behind SportsQuest are hoping.

They'll get a chance to make a good impression on Olympic officials, who are coming to town next week. Right now, it exists only on paper. But Dr. Steve Burton has been working for five years to make SportsQuest come to life.

"We're working through the last county approval process to be able to start knocking trees over, and we anticipate that process being done by the end of January," said Dr. Steve Burton, SportsQuest.

Burton and his team have been in discussions with U.S. Olympic officials, in hopes of making SportsQuest a base of operations for one or more Olympic sports.

"Our goal is to provide a relationship to them where they would move either a corporate office or a regional office to our campus," said Burton.

The two sides will meet face to face next Tuesday at a sports development summit in Henrico County.  The purpose of the summit will be to explore ways in which SportsQuest can cater to local and national sports organizations, as well as to the general public.

Groundbreaking on the 250-acre SportsQuest site is scheduled to take place in January. According to Burton, some athletic fields could see their first action by Labor Day, 2010. The rest of the facilities, including the buildings, will take a little longer to complete.

"They'll be coming online through the course of 2011, so that by the end of 2011 we anticipate a large part of the programming to be in place," he said.

Burton says he hopes Tuesday's sports summit will help convince Olympic sports officials that SportsQuest and the Richmond area are an ideal home.

The sports development summit is next Tuesday, December 15, at the new Hilton Hotel in Short Pump.  A town hall discussion begins at 6:30 in the evening, and is open to the public.

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