LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington’s new soccer club is one step closer to having a permanent home.

In a 6-to-1 vote Tuesday night, the City’s Board of Adjustment approved a plan for the Premier Soccer League stadium to be built on Russell Cave Road, which will be adjacent to many horse farms, even replacing a few.

According to the Lexington Sporting Club the proposed plans for the practice fields would take 60 acres. The club said it has every intention to build a legacy on that land as long-lasting as the horse industry’s.

However, as one sporting legacy begins, a piece of another sport’s legacy must end.

With the approval to build a multi-field complex in horse country, Sam Stockley, sports director for the Lexington Sporting Club said he understood the opposition he heard Tuesday but believes this is an opportunity to do something the city has never done before.

“We’ve brought a professional football club to the city,” Stockley said. “And with that, we’ve got a whole development model of how we see our U-23 players, we see our female academy players, male academy players, our youth club players.”

However, building the stadium’s green space will disrupt what Keeneland horse trainer, Kara Toye, said is a cog in the wheel of Lexington’s horse training community.

“I was so lucky to get my start there,” Toye said. “I started horses there. It was one of the only places in Kentucky that would give me a workspace or stabling.”

Toye said because she had a place like Ashwood, she was able to get a filly to the at Keeneland within one year.

As a horse trainer coming from humble means, Toye said horse trainers starting out in a lower bracket will now be missing out on a great resource.

“It hurts. I’m sorry for the people behind me, they will struggle a lot more than I had to,” Toye said.

Stockley said the horse world is a little bit like the football world there’s an element to the development of the horses and players. He promises the sporting complex will create a legacy among families the way it the land on Russell Cave Rd. has done with horses.

“Those boys and girls at U7 and U8 don’t have to leave the area and go get a higher standard of football or move around the country,” Stockley said. “It’s better for families, it’s better for communities.”

In between the soccer club and horse trainers’ polarizing sides, is legendary horse trainer Kenny McPeek who’s owned the neighboring land for 20 years.

“My farm is PDR protected, so I’m all about farmland,” McPeek said. “I do think it’s a shame that we can’t get the industry stronger to the extent that the property could be utilized for horse farms, but I do think this is a better option than commercial industrial.”

Stockley said there will be another hearing in late July where the next steps will be discussed about the complex’s lighting, concession stands, and more.

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