Pearland could soon have a new sports complex near where Hwy. 288 meets the Beltway 8.

Pearland City Council at the Aug. 23 city council meeting approved a zoning change from Business Park 288 to general commercial on 18.655 acres of land to accommodate a proposed sports complex and office warehouse development at 2850 South Sam Houston Parkway East, Pearland.

“This facility will bring thousands of visitors every weekend to the city of Pearland,” said Eric Langan, the applicant for the zoning change. “ Those people will be staying in hotels in this city, they will be shopping in the Pearland town centers and surrounding businesses in the city bringing lots of tax revenue.”

The sports complex is planned to be 100,000 square feet and include eight basketball courts, at least 20 volleyball courts, more than 625 parking spaces, concessions and a sports medicine facility, Langan said.

In addition, the land will include up to 111,000 square feet of warehouse office space, which could accommodate up to 78 units, Langan said. The proposed office warehouse portion of the development was not a permitted use within the BP-288 zoning, according to agenda documents, which is why the rezoning was requested.

Rent from the office warehouse space will support the initial two-to-three years of the sports complex until it becomes profitable. Langan said the complex will draw national tournaments planned years in advance.

The sports complex will be self funded, Langan said.

Langan also said the plan is for the complex to host local tournaments and there could be a potential partnership with John Lucas, an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets, to hold his youth organization programs at the facility as well.

“I commend you for what you’re doing,” Council Member J. David Little said. “I think it is something that will be great for the city of Pearland. You’ve obviously done your homework.”