WAUSAU - A former landfill won't sit vacant any longer after the Marathon County Sports Complex opened in Wausau Thursday night. Athletes will now use the site's 57 acres to compete in a number of sports.
The 15-field facility sits on top of the former Holtz-Krause landfill. The complex and its surrounding conservation area, along with the curling facility nearby, could bring more people and dollars to the area. But for some people, the complex's possible impact on the economy pales in comparison to its impact on the community.
"Let me tell you the truth," said Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger. "I don't actually care if it doesn't bring in a nickel; a lot of us are going to have a lot of fun here, for a really long time. This is a terrific resource, and it's going to be a great destination for all of us."