• Indoor Sports Campus Coming to Rockford

    Rockford, Illinois will soon be home to one of the largest indoor amateur sports complexes in the Midwest. The Rockford City Council recently approved financing for the project that will span 115,000 square feet and open in 2014. 

     
    POSTED February 15, 2013
     

Rockford, Illinois will soon be home to one of the largest indoor amateur sports complexes in the Midwest. The Rockford City Council recently approved financing for the project that will span 115,000 square feet and open in 2014. Once completed, the complex will hold eight basketball courts, at least 14 volleyball courts, an extreme sports park, children’s play area, riverwalk and more.

"This project will act as a spring board for our community - propelling us to the next level in attracting amateur sports tournaments and tournaments to the Rockford community," said Rockford Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey. "This complex will cement our reputation as a premier sporting destination in the Midwest, spur downtown development, generate new tax revenue and grow jobs. Our council is to be commended for their leadership in advancing this proposal with a unanimous vote, as well as the commitment made by the State of Illinois, Rockford Park District and Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in making this a reality."

Sink Combs Dethlefs has been hired to lead the project’s architectural and engineering team, along with a team of local architectural and engineering firms who will serve as sub-consultants. The complex is one of four projects included in the region’s Reclaiming First , a master strategy to revamp sports tourism in the city. The region will also be advancing the expansion and renovation of its existing Indoor Sports Center and Sportscore One and Two complexes.

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