16 New Sports Venues to Know

16 New Sports Venues to Know

By Matt Swenson, January 22, 2019


Zions Bank Real Academy; Salt Lake City, Utah

Located on a 132-acre plot in in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Metro Area, the 10-field facility will house the daily training activities for five soccer teams, including Real Salt Lake. The complex opens the possibility for a professional women’s team and more youth squads. It will host the RSL Soccer Showcase Aug. 7-10, featuring 200 teams, including from Mexico, Canada and Europe. A 50-person STEM school is designed to make the academy the “Harvard of soccer.”

Courts Sports Complex; Northglenn, Colorado

Groundbreaking for the $4.5 million arena in Metropolitan Denver occurred in December 2018 with the idea it will be open for business in September. The 32,000-sq.-ft. facility will target volleyball, basketball and other indoor sports. Three parents of young athletes have driven the project forward, citing a lack of community options.

Kearns Athlete Training and Element Event Center; Kearns, Utah

U.S. Speedskating is sliding into a new home that includes a hall of fame and elite training facilities. The center, which opened in December 2018 and is part of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, is also available for meetings and festivals with indoor and outdoor space.

Colorado National Sports Park; Windsor, Colorado

Opening day is scheduled for spring 2019 for this long-awaited project. The site will include 48 multisport playing surfaces for football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball and softball. The first 12 fields will be completed this year.

Venues to Know: Meadowdale Playfields Athletic; Lynwood, WashingtonMeadowdale Playfields Athletic; Lynwood, Washington

City of Lynnwood completed a renovation on the Meadowdale Playfields Athletic Complex in January 2018. The renovation upgraded the athletic complex from dirt fields to turf fields. The complex now has two turf fields lined for soccer and lacrosse and three turf infields with grass outfields and additional netting at the outfield fence. For 2019, there are 45 weekend tournaments already scheduled in adult softball, youth baseball, and fastpitch.

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