Sports leagues become landlords of fields

TAMPA, FL—Coaches for the Westchase Colts spent months trying to find a place to practice for the upcoming football season.

They finally landed two fields at the popular Ed Radice Park off Race Track Road in northwest Hillsborough.

But the Colts will have to spend thousands of dollars to use the fields, even though county taxpayers own the complex.

“We have never had to pay for practice before,” said Ty Hawkins, athletic director for the youth football program. “In today’s world, we do.”


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