These are new sports venues and facilities that opened in the past year that you need to know about when planning future events.
Albany Capital Center
The $78.5 million facility opened March 1, playing host to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. This year’s events alone will fill 3,750 hotel room nights, 3,200 of which represent new business in Albany. Early estimates say the venue will generate $26.5 million in annual visitor spending.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
West Palm Beach, Fla.
A shared spring training site used by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, the 6,500-seat venue debuted in February. Beyond big-league teams, the stadium has hosted USA Baseball and other amateur baseball events, as well as a youth soccer tournament and the Mark Richt Football Camps.
Cape Girardeau SportsPlex
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
The 121,000-sq.-ft. facility, which debuted in May, is one the largest of its kind in Missouri. The venue’s schedule is already loaded with basketball events. Soccer, volleyball, flag football, martial arts and gymnastics competitions are on the radar for 2017 too.
DE Turf Complex
Opened this spring, the new complex holds 12 synthetic turf fields and a 1,500-seat championship stadium into an 85-acre campus. The facility figures is already proving to be a big draw for regional events, attracting teams from New York, Philadelphia and D.C. It has already established partnerships with the NCAA, USA Field Hockey, Legacy Global Sports and more.
The 155,000-sq.-ft. venue outside of Birmingham, Alabama, opened in May. The indoor component of Hoover Met Complex, it holds 11 basketball courts and 17 volleyball courts, an indoor climbing center and meeting space. Five baseball/softball diamonds, five soccer/football/lacrosse fields and 16 tennis courts are scheduled for completion in February 2018. The complex includes an existing, 10,000-seat stadium that hosted May’s SEC Baseball Tournament.