Building a multi-sport complex in Downtown Utica has been nothing but a dream for the past few years. The idea was proposed by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente in 2017. Now, it's closer to becoming a reality.

Governor Cuomo has granted the Auditorium Authority $22 million to help build a more than 150,000 square foot facility.

Called Nexus, it would feature a multi-playing surface, workout facility, retail space and much more.

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said, "The Nexus Center is part of our bold vision for making Oneida County a sports, tourism and recreation destination. I am thankful to Governor Cuomo for supporting this project with vital funding that will bring the Nexus Center from concept to reality. The Governor continues to be a valued partner in bolstering the economic development of our community from the renovation and expansion of the Adirondack Bank Center to the elevation of our UAS industry at the Griffiss International Airport." 

There's no set date for a ground breaking, but the mayor is happy with the building and location.

"If you look at the accessibility off the thruway to come to Utica it's probably the easiest, the Nexus Center is a diamond so we are happy moving forward,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. “And each and every year we are growing and we are not stopping yet."

The total project costs $44 million.