Improving communities through sport


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.

February 8, 2022

Citynet, the leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions in West Virginia, will become The Bridge Sports Complex’s titular sponsor with a ten-year contract.

February 8, 2022

Crown Sports Center welcomes soccer teams and fans from across the country to one of the largest U.S. indoor amateur soccer tournaments.

February 2, 2022

Cyclone Ballparks in West Texas has signed a partnership agreement with Denver-based PDC Energy that will see the business take over naming rights of the venue’s championship field.

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