10 Recently Opened Sports Facilities You Need to Know

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0916_CS_WJSkateCreditTurrellGroup WJ Skatepark Eugene, Ore. For decades the city worked to turn a blighted park under an interstate bridge into something positive, and in spring 2014, Eugene opened the largest covered and lighted public skate park in the United States. WJ Skatepark is part of a larger city park and urban plaza. The 23,000-sq.-ft. space is designed for all levels of skaters, and features an iconic ribbon, mini-snake run and numerous ramps, bowls, walls and other skating terrain. The facility has restrooms, bike racks, energy-efficient lighting and areas to accommodate food carts. The city has brought in bleacher seating to accommodate events drawing up to 1,000 people. 0916_RockyTopSportsWorld1_use Rocky Top Sports World Gatlinburg, Tenn. This 80-acre campus, opened in summer 2014 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, includes six outdoor synthetic turf fields and one natural surface field with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. A championship stadium field seats 1,500. Rocky Top’s 86,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility houses four hardwood courts, six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, team rooms and referee locker rooms. It will host the 2018 AAU Girls Basketball Fifth Grade National Championship. Sports planners can take advantage of workspace within the building, and there is bleacher seating and a mezzanine viewing area for spectators. The sports complex is less than 10 minutes from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and 4 miles from popular Gatlinburg attractions. 0916_CS_ArtVanSportsComplex copy Art Van Sports Complex Rockford, Mich. Baseball and softball fields for players of all abilities are the highlight of this complex, which opened in August 2014 outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. The establishment comprises eight fenced baseball and softball fields with bleacher seating, covered dugouts and 400 parking spaces. A lighted championship field has covered seating for 1,000. The complex was recently chosen by the International Softball Congress to host the 2017 ISC Men’s Fastball World Tournament. In addition to the regulation fields, the complex’s Miracle Field has a handicap-accessible playing surface designed for athletes with special needs. The newly added Art Van Fun Zone is a 4,000-sq.-ft. playground that’s also handicap accessible. 0916_CS_GrandParkcourtesyCityofWestfield1 (1) Grand Park Westfield, Ind. This 400-acre campus in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield claims to be the largest multipurpose youth sports complex in the United States. Grand Park opened in June 2014 and includes 31 grass and synthetic turf fields as well as 26 synthetic and natural baseball and softball diamonds. The park also has a 370,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility housing three full-size multipurpose fields, warmup areas, 5,000 square feet of meeting space, concessions and a 30,000-sq.-ft. mezzanine concourse for spectators. The $49 million publicly funded project was meant to spur development in a largely rural area. Since it opened, private developers have announced plans for a $6 million basketball and volleyball field house and a $20 million indoor soccer complex near Grand Park. 0916_CS_Big House Courts The Big House Tavares, Fla. Located 40 miles northwest of Orlando, The Big House is an indoor facility with 16 volleyball courts and nine basketball courts with NBA-quality hardwood. The $6 million, 162,000-sq.-ft. facility was developed by former Major League Baseball player Chet Lemon and opened in February 2013. In addition to hosting AAU basketball and volleyball tournaments, The Big House also has a quarter-mile indoor track, 12 batting cages, a Major League infield, beach volleyball courts, a concessions kitchen and an auditorium. The facility is within a 20-minute drive of more than 1,000 hotel rooms.   0916_SoCal Sports Complex 6_ Oceanside CA _ Courtesy of Visit Oceanside SoCal Sports Complex Oceanside, Calif. This Cali-town situated halfway between San Diego and Orange County opened SoCal Sports Complex with 20 full-size multiuse fields in fall 2014. The 53 acres of fields are part of the much larger 465-acre El Corazon, a complex Oceanside has slated for future development, including a hotel. For now, the fields and accompanying 25-acre parking area have become a popular destination for regional and national soccer tournaments, although park leaders have been conservative about the number of events they schedule to keep the grass in good shape. The sports complex is less than 5 miles from the beach and also has hosted lacrosse games, auto and RV shows, 5K races and Ultimate Frisbee events. DCIM100MEDIADJI_0024.JPG Hope Sports Complex Lansing, Mich. Close to Michigan State University, Hope Sports Complex has expanded since Mid-Michigan Sports Turf LLC took it over from city management in 2013. The 20-acre complex has seven natural grass fields, and the new management recently installed a $1 million artificial turf field with lights. The complex is located near a business district with many dining and lodging options. This summer, Hope Sports added full-service on-site concessions with Cleats Bar & Grill. The complex can be configured for soccer, lacrosse, youth baseball, softball, football, kickball, Ultimate Frisbee and other group events. 0916_CS_TriCitiesSportsComplex Tri-City Sports Complex Auburn, Mich. The Tri-Cities Sports Complex, a 73,500-sq.-ft. inflated dome, houses synthetic turf fields that can be configured for a variety of activities, from multiple youth soccer fields up to a full-size football field. The dome, which opened in late 2014, has 65-ft. ceilings and is climate-controlled, keeping it comfortable year-round. The 19-acre property has 150 parking spaces, and the indoor facility includes spectator seating, a software-powered scoreboard and a front entry room with flat-screen televisions and restrooms. The fields are suitable for soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, cricket, kickball and more. 0916__CS_SC_MyrtleBeach_MyrtleBeachSportsCenter_exterior_1 Myrtle Beach Sports Center Myrtle Beach, S.C. This facility in the self-proclaimed seaside golf capital of the world lives up to its name in sports tourism. The 100,000-sq.-ft. Myrtle Beach Sports Center is made up of eight basketball and 16 volleyball courts, all within 72,000 square feet of column-free, open-court space. Since it opened in March, the indoor facility has played host to 370 basketball teams participating in the Big Shots Basketball tournament in July and a cheerleading competition that drew 4,000 attendees and athletes. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex, and a 14-ft. high-definition video wall is also on-site for sponsor videos. The facility is 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach International Airport and a five-minute drive from the beach. —Hayley Panagakis 0916_CS_NovantHealthBMX_CityofRockHill Novant Health BMX Supercross Track Rock Hill, S.C. Open since August 2014, the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track is one of only two Olympic-caliber BMX training facilities in the country—the other is outside Chula Vista, California. Located about 30 minutes south of Charlotte, this East Coast track is overseen by Mike King, a former BMX racer who coached the 2008 and 2012 USA Cycling BMX Olympic teams. In September, the track will host the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Finals, the main qualifying event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 1,400-ft. course accommodates a wide range of skill levels, with launching points of 16 feet for amateurs and 26 feet for experienced athletes. The $7 million city-owned facility includes bleacher seating for 1,500, offices, restrooms, concessions and 750 parking spaces.