New Indoor Sports Complex to Boost Winter Tourism

After the Cape Girardeau SportsPlex opens in early 2017, the City of Cape Girardeau anticipates drawing sporting events and tournaments from at least four neighboring states. The facility can accommodate larger tournaments during the winter months unlike current facilities like the Osage Centre and Shawnee Park Center. The new events and tournaments will increase hotel night stays and visits to local restaurants and retail, especially during the cooler months of November through March.
layour-sportsplexThe Indoor Sports Complex will house two indoor turf soccer fields, six hardwood basketball courts which will convert to 12 volleyball courts, indoor pitching and batting cages, meeting rooms, food/beverage services, offices and more.
The Indoor Sports Complex facility was one of several economic development and tourism projects reviewed by a committee in 2014 including a conference center, agritourism facility, and an indoor aquatics facility. To determine the best use of restaurant tax revenues to be collected through 2030, the committee conducted a feasibility study and several public meetings. Ultimately, the City Council accepted the Indoor Sports Complex recommendation and staff opened a competitive bid process for the project. Midamerica Hotels Corporation submitted the winning proposal, partnering with Penzel Construction for the $12 million design and construction project. The 120,000 square-foot facility will sit on 10.27 acres donated by Midamerica to the City.
Sports-Plex-Groundbreaking_12.9.15 (1)webThe groundbreaking for Cape Girardeau’s new indoor sports complex was held Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the facility’s future location, 583 Limbaugh Lane in Cape Girardeau. Many came to the celebration including the Cape Girardeau City Council, staff, media, business leaders and project leaders in a brief ceremony celebrating this new project, which will have long-term economic impact for the Southeast Missouri region.sportxplexfront
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