4 Reasons Franklin, Tennessee, Is on the Rise

By Bethany Bradsher, February 18, 2019

Quality of Facilities

The heart of Franklin’s sports calendar centers around indoor sports like basketball and volleyball, with heavy emphasis on soccer as well. The facilities in the area create excellent settings for those pursuits. The largest indoor arena in Williamson County is the Ag EXPO Park in Franklin, which has 4,180 permanent seats and 175,000 square feet of climate-controlled space.

The arena is ideal for setting up multiple basketball or volleyball courts or wrestling rings, and events hosted there in 2018 included Tennessee’s AAU State Wrestling Championships and the K9Sports of Tennessee’s Agility Trials.

 One of Franklin’s more unusual sports settings is The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, a 200-acre historic farm that is the competitive home of the Franklin Polo Academy. For outdoor activities, Jim Warren Park offers not only courts and fields for baseball, football, basketball and tennis, but also a fishing pond. One of the CVB’s goals in 2019 and beyond is to make optimal use of each event venue, so that soccer fields, for example, can be converted for other sports like lacrosse and rugby.

Future Growth

Williamson County officials are in the early approval stages of planning a massive new sports complex, because the community recognizes the potential of Franklin to attract even more sports and recreation events if more space is available. “We’re kind of at the peak of what we have and what we can do, and the general public as a whole is kind of seeing that,” Maxey says. “There’s a little momentum building for people to want to expand the offerings here.”

Bree Nidds leaves Virginia’s Blue Ridge to join former boss Alex Michaels at Discover Lehigh Valley.

Matt Libber leaves the family business and events operations to run the well-regarded Maryland SoccerPlex.

USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its January 2021 North American Cup. The four-day competition features more than 1,500-1,700 athletes.

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