Hoover Met Complex
The massive project, 10 miles of south of Birmingham, is beginning to take shape. The advanced Finley Center, which can host up to 11 basketball or 17 volleyball courts, opened last year. In the on-deck circle are five baseball/softball fields set for completion in August 2018. Look for five other multipurpose (soccer, football, lacrosse) fields and 16 tennis courts to be ready in 2019.
Louis Armstrong Stadium
A round of applause at the new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Open will be music to the U.S. Tennis Association’s ears this summer. Complete with a retractable roof, the new court will still play second fiddle to Arthur Ashe Stadium but will be the largest No. 2 court among Grand Slam venues. It is scheduled to open on time for the 2018 tournament.
Louisville Convention Center
After 22 months of remodeling and construction, Louisville Convention Center re-opens its doors this August—and not a moment too soon for Connect’s 2019 home. Beyond conferences and meetings, the facility’s 200,000 square feet of contiguous space is well suited for indoor competitions like weightlifting, cheerleading and more.
National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum
The 100,000-sq.-ft. attraction celebrating the sport’s history will be located at the south end of Toyota Stadium, home to FC Dallas. The project includes events space and is part of an upgrade, including three new premium-seating areas to catch the on-field action.
National Training and Coaching Development Center
Kansas City, Kan.
The state-of-the-art National Training and Coaching Development Center is the new, expansive training home of Sporting Kansas City. It is also expected to attract clubs and national teams from around the world for training and development. The site will host seminars and clinics, complementing the work of the Kansas City, Missouri-based National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Orange County Great Park
The long-awaited facility should be ready to go in late 2018. The wait should be worth it. The site will span 175 acres (twice as big as Disneyland). When done, Great Park will include a 2,500-seat soccer stadium, 25 tennis courts, baseball and softball fields with championship stadiums, five sand volleyball courts, six natural sod soccer fields, six artificial turf soccer fields, and a series of flex fields for lacrosse, cricket and rugby. There will also be basketball courts and a children’s playground.
Panama City Beach Sportsplex
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Estimated to cost between $27 million and $30 million, this anticipated facility in Panama City Beach, Florida, will add up to 13 fields to the region. Look for national and regional soccer and lacrosse events to use the complex in the spring and fall.
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