New Sports Complex Coming to Alabama

By Parrish Walton, March 11, 2014

Foley, Ala., will be the home of a new sports complex and conference center hotel. The facility will include multiple outdoor fields and indoor courts enabling the city to host large indoor and outdoor tournaments. A 150-room hotel with conference center capabilities—17,000 square feet of space—will be built adjacent to the facility, helping to create a one-stop venue for tournament directors.

“We envision a sports destination where families can drive in, park their cars and have everything they need within walking distance,” says Foley Mayor John Koniar. “We are excited about the positive impact it will have not only for Foley, but for the entire south Baldwin region.”

The project is slated to cost $27 million and construction could begin as early as this month with an estimated completion date set for spring of 2015. The hotel is on a similar schedule. The city of Foley hired Don Staley to lead its sports push. Staley left Tuscaloosa after serving as its sports commission’s executive director. Staley was the head soccer coach at the University of Alabama for 14 years prior to his time at the sports commission.

The outdoor portion of the facility will have 13 fields designed for soccer, lacrosse and football, with eight of the fields being equipped with lighting capabilities. All fields will come with electronic video boards as well as a cooling system to keep players safe from the heat. The outdoor area will also include a 2,000-seat championship field equipped with a press box.

The indoor portion will total 100,000 square feet and have the ability for 12 volleyball courts or six basketball courts. There will also be locker rooms, a referee’s lounge and office space. There are also plans for a field house, on-site food and beverage pavilions with full-service capabilities and parking for 800 cars or 20 buses.

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