18 Sports Venues to Know in 2018

By Matt Swenson, January 25, 2018

Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience

Indianapolis, Ind.
What happens when heavy hitters like the NCAA, Pacers, Colts and Indianapolis Motor Speedway partner with the world’s largest children’s museum? The result is a 7.5-acre permanent exhibit, including 12 outdoor sports experiences and three indoor exhibits, highlighted by the National Art Museum of Sport. Kickoff at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is slated for March 17.

Rocky Mountain Sports Park

Windsor, Colo.
The world’s largest sports park will begin to take shape this year. The first phase of the project, highlighted by a 10,000-seat stadium, is slated for completion during the second half of 2018. But wait till next year—that’s when all 65 fields fit for toddlers through collegiate athletes should be ready to go.

Rocky Mount Event Center

Rocky Mount, N.C.
This newly planned indoor sports destination in North Carolina got a jumpstart on awareness when featured on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.” From the same developers who built Rocky Top Sports in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the 165,000-sq.-ft. RMEC is the lynchpin in a plan to revitalize downtown Rocky Mount. It’s already spurred more than $4 million worth of investments.

Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

The new 17,500-seat home of the Milwaukee Bucks (pictured above) will fill 30 acres of mostly vacant land. The 714,000-sq.-ft. arena, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, will be a year-round centerpiece for Wisconsin’s cultural and entertainment industry, attracting nationally-recognized musical acts, cultural events and other sporting competitions.

Photo credit: Milwaukee Bucks

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