UPDATE: 11/30/18, NJ.com reported that Sky Blue FC, the pro women’s soccer team co-owned by Gov. Phil Murphy, is pulling its support of a proposed Ocean County sports complex that may have housed its new stadium — just hours after media reports in which environmentalists voiced outrage.
“Due to environmental concerns that have been brought to our attention, Sky Blue FC is withdrawing our support for the Trophy Park project application,” Tony Novo, the team’s general manager, said in a statement late Thursday night.
A second MASSIVE sports and hotel complex is being planned on Route 537 between the Six Flags and the Jackson Outlets.
Governor Phil Murphy is a majority owner of the Sky Blue FC Soccer Club which is seeking to carve out a 200-acre patch of forest to build a soccer stadium, hotel and a massive sports complex in Jackson Township. If this were to be built, it will be called Trophy Park and would feature 23 full-sized athletic fields and a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility.
The Jackson Planning Board will review the Trophy Park, Inc. application at a meeting on December 3, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the Jackson Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ. See the excerpt of the application below:
The location of the premises in question is located in the CR-1 and CR-2 Zoning District; Block 3101, Lot 1 and 38-43 and Block 10801, Lots 1-7 and 20-24 as shown on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey. The site has a frontage along Monmouth Road, County Route 537 and is located south of the Six Flags Theme Park. The applicant seeks approval of a General Development Plan for a commercial recreation park including but not limited to 3 restaurants, a 16,000 square foot retail building, a dual-branded hotel (2 conjoined 98 room hotels), 18 court multi-sport arena, team dining hall/ restaurant, team hotel reception area, 7 multi-sport athletic fields, 16 baseball/softball fields, 15 batting cages, 60 team hotel suites, snack stands/announcer booths, and Sky Blue Headquarters /Soccer Stadium with associated parking. The applicant does not request any variances in this application; however, the applicant reserves the right to request all such approvals, variances, waivers, and relief as may be necessary by the Jackson Township planning board. The applicant also seeks conditional use approval for commercial recreational activity uses including but not limited to baseball fields, soccer fields, and various other sports activities.