Indoor Sports Complex a Great Investment

The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), March 30, 2019 | Go to article overview

Indoor Sports Complex a Great Investment


Reprinted from the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

- Benjamin Franklin

With that quote in mind, it's safe to say that Bridgeport city leaders are on the pathway to success with their indoor sports complex.

As they unveiled some of the final details Monday, city leaders discussed the planning that went into the $55 million, 155,000-square-foot facility that is going to be situated near the city's outdoor recreation complex at Charles Pointe.

Council member Dustin Vincent said dozens of stakeholders were consulted, as well as professionals in a process that's been ongoing for more than five years.

"A lot of people have put a lot into this to get this to this point, he said. "I've been on council for six years, and we started a little over five years ago on this process. This isn't something that just came about over night, he said.

And it shows, as the video presentation unveiled at council's meeting revealed, a truly stunning facility, complete with six basketball courts, six volleyball courts, a natatorium, a competition-sized swimming pool, an indoor walking track, an indoor turf field and a fitness center.

There is ample space for groups to congregate, for people to sit and relax prior to or after a workout or competition.

There also will be additional outdoor space utilized for soccer fields and other venues that will be utilized by local residents, but also serve as an economic engine by attracting visitors from other parts of West Virginia, as well as neighboring states for athletic events like youth basketball, volleyball and soccer tournaments, much as the current recreational complex has attracted baseball tournaments. …

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