10 Elite New Venues You Need to Know About

10 Elite New Venues You Need to Know About

By Matt Swenson, November 22, 2017

Fieldhouse USA Mansfield
Mansfield, Texas

The 100,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility that debuted early this year is built to host basketball, volleyball and futsal. Look for regional tournaments to use Fieldhouse before national tournaments sign on.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

It’s countdown to kickoff on another major sporting championship in Atlanta thanks to this new facility. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has replaced the Georgia Dome as the home of the Falcons. It also drew massive crowds for the city’s MLS team, Atlanta United FC. The state-of-the-art stadium has already been tapped to host the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the 2020 Final Four.

Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw calls this 60-acre, $27 million complex a “landmark addition” to the Texas destination. It’s easy to see why. With two championship fields and eight additional multipurpose fields, Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is expected to bring in thousands of players and spectators annually. Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse and football will make good use of the state-of-the-art grass and turf fields, all of which are equipped with Musco Sports Lighting products. Twenty-five events were already on the books for 2017 as of the complex’s May opening.

Shipyard Park
Charleston, S.C.

This venue on a pristine piece of property on the Wando River in Charleston, South Carolina, is concentrating on quality over quantity, says Stan Kowalski, director of the baseball program at the complex. With five AstroTurf-clad baseball fields—three youth-size and two for collegiate-level games—ShipYard Park has already impressed the likes of Game Day USA, which is bringing an event there in September 2018. But “we’re really an events space with baseball fields,” says Kowalski. Soccer and lacrosse event organizers are eager to use the fields for training and tournaments, he says. The indoor Stewart Center is capable of hosting volleyball, gymnastics and private events.

Wyandotte Youth Soccer Complex
Kansas City, Kan.

Behind the backing of MLS team Sporting Kansas City, this 12-field facility kicked off in June with hopes of attracting premier youth tournaments. Joining it later this year will be the National Training and Coaching Development Center, a collaboration between Sporting KC, U.S. Soccer and Children’s Mercy. The venue will concentrate on the education of players, coaches and referees, and be a draw for sports-related conferences.

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