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September 19, 2022

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RJWUH) Somerset has officially opened a new location inside of Iron Peak Sports & Events. The RWJBarnabas health facility is bringing their health services to New Jersey’s premiere sports, events, and family entertainment venue to offer athletic training and community health initiatives to the Hillsborough, NJ area and visiting athletes. The location will serve as a place for Iron Peak’s athletes and partners to receive athletic training services and for the RWJUH Somerset Community Health Department to use for community outreach initiatives such as education programs and health screenings.

September 8, 2022

Back in 2021, MetroFamily Magazine announced their list of the best family friendly businesses in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. On that list of 2021 Family Favorites, Pelican Bay Aquatic Center was named the “Best Place to Swim”. The facility was also named one of the “Three Best Amusement Parks” in Oklahoma City by the experts at “Three Best Rated”. Pelican Bay Aquatic Center features two 150 ft. water slides, diving boards, a current channel, an aquatic climbing wall, a splash pool, playground, concessions, and bathhouses.

September 8, 2022

Legends Event Center in Bryan, Texas is on track to open this year. The $40 million, 120,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be finished by December 2nd of this year. The facility will feature 8 basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, an arcade, a turf area for special programming, meeting/party rooms, concessions, a kitchen for catering companies, a lake, and an outdoor patio area. The facility has already partnered with one of the largest volleyball clubs, Houston Skyline BCS, so there will be several teams of young ladies competing in the facility on the day that the doors open.

September 1, 2022

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the city of Hoover have agreed in principle to extend the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium for at least 2 more years through 2024. The contract was originally set to expire in 2021, but since the tournament was cancelled in 2020, the two parties agreed to keep the agreement in place for the 2022 tournament. The 2022 tournament championship game was between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers and it drew a crowd of 13,270 people to the Hoover Met Stadium. Now the SEC and the city of Hoover have agreed to a new two-year extension which will last through the 2024 season.

August 17, 2022

Rocky Top Sports World has set a new economic impact record for the second year in a row. In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the complex contributed $46.9 million in economic impact, but in the 2021-2022 fiscal year they contributed $55.6 million in economic impact! The facility hosted more than 75 tournaments and camps during the year including the Kohl’s Kicking National Elite Camp and National Scholarship Camp. Kohl’s Kicking Camps brought in athletes from 3 divisions including professional, collegiate, and high school. In just their 8th year of business, Rocky Top Sports World has grown to become one of the nations most attractive venues for travel sports bringing people from nearly all 50 states and several countries down to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

August 5, 2022

William Mayhall, Jr. has been hired by the city of Gardendale to be the General Manager of the newly revamped Bill Noble Park. The $32 million park project will feature nine baseball fields, eight tennis courts, 11 pickle ball courts, synthetic turf fields for football, lacrosse, and soccer, a state of the art playground, and an indoor community center. Before becoming the General Manager of Bill Noble Park, Will was working in the events department of the Hoover Met Complex located in Hoover, Alabama. Will has over 15 years of experience in the youth and professional sports industries and he is excited to continue his career as the General Manager of Bill Noble Park.

August 10, 2022

Golden Gate High School has partnered with Paradise Coast Sports Complex to offer the G.A.T.E. (Greater Achievement Through Empowerment) program to their students with disabilities. The program allows the students to participate in a work-study experience that helps to prepare them for future career opportunities. Students will be able to practice their work-related skills in a part time position at the sports complex for part of their school day. This part time program prepares students for their future full-day work programs.

June 6, 2022

Located just north of Birmingham, AL, the City of Gardendale broke ground on the $32 million redevelopment of Bill Noble Park. The sports complex will become a year-round destination for sports tourism and the local community to enjoy equally. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 2, 2022, on the site of Bill Noble Park. Construction already started this spring on the sports complex which will feature nine baseball/softball fields, eight tennis courts, eleven pickleball courts and so much more. The venue is slated to be completed by spring 2023.

May 6, 2022

E-Town Sports Park was one of the first sports facilities built specifically for sports tourism. Now, 10 years later, the impact of the decision by city leaders to invest in sports tourism continues to be felt. E-Town Sports Park was at the forefront of sports tourism when it opened and still serves as a model for other destinations.

May 5, 2022

Visit Panama City Beach in a partnership with Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) has chosen Mike Higgins to lead Publix Sports Park as its general manager.

February 15, 2022

A group led by Ballparks of America investor Paul Satterwhite has acquired Sho-Me Baseball Camp, a historic venue in Branson, Missouri, that traces its beginnings to 1958. The camp will be rebranded and operated by Ballparks of America under the management of Sports Facilities Management.

February 10, 2022

USA Pickleball will hold the second annual National Indoor Championships from June 7–11 at the Finley Center, part of the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, Alabama, outside of Birmingham.

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