Fayetteville’s top-notch facilities elevate it above other possible host cities of its size, Decatur says. That starts with Crown Complex, a three-building facility including a 10,000-seat coliseum, a smaller 5,000-seat arena and an expo center. “The possibilities are endless for what we can host there,” Decatur says. “We host the Christian Cheerleaders of America, and on the complex floor they actually split it in half. So they have their practice on one side and the competition on the other. So everything can be hosted and completed right there.”
Other innovative spaces in and around Fayetteville include McCormick Farms, a 200-acre family farm with a $1 million barn on its property where the annual Spartan Race takes place and Deep Creek ATV Park, which hosts not only ATV races but also live music performances, an upcoming $1 million skate park and Robinson Sports Complex, which will include six full basketball courts and two football fields when it opens.
Another exciting future development in Fayetteville, and one which will further transform a growing downtown area, is a new $41 million minor-league baseball stadium that will host the Houston Astros A-level affiliate starting in spring 2019. “Our downtown has just completely turned around,” she says. “And with this added value, with the Astros stadium, it’s just going to blow up.”