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Bell Bank Park, a massive east Mesa sports complex, opens Jan. 7. Here’s what to expect – AZCentral.com


The massive 320-acre Bell Bank Park is set to open next month, a Disneyland for sports enthusiasts with facilities for indoor and outdoor games, zip lines, an obstacle course and esports competitions. 

Far out in southeast Mesa, this land near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport used to be just desert. Now, the sprawling, privately built sports and entertainment complex off Ellsworth and Pecos roads is nestled between master-planned communities and an expanding freeway interchange within eyesight of the Superstition Mountains.

The complex found its footing after Mesa voters shot down a bond request in 2018 that would have paved the way for a city-owned sports complex in the Red Mountain area farther north. 

Some portions of the project are still under construction due to supply chain issues. But crews are working seven days a week to get it ready for the January opening.

Bell Bank Park, called Legacy Sports Park before a 10-year naming rights deal relabeled it this fall, will offer amenities from fields and courts to a restaurant and esports stations.

The sports facilities will open for visitors to meet coaches and enroll in leagues on Jan. 3. The complex will open to the general public on Jan. 7 with a free open house event and it will host a grand opening in February.

By the numbers: what to expect

  • Eight baseball and softball fields and 16 fast-pitch softball fields. Everything on the baseball and softball fields, including the diamond, is made of turf. The only dirt is in the warning track deep in the outfield.
  • 16 basketball courts.
  • 35 fields for soccer, lacrosse and football.
  • 57 indoor volleyball courts and 12 beach volleyball courts.
  • More than 80 esports stations and a competition stage.
  • 41 pickleball courts.
  • An obstacle course.
  • 23 courts for futsal, which is similar to indoor soccer.
  • A gymnastics center, dance studio, fitness center and kids play area.
  • Miller Lite Way, a canopied, illuminated walkway that runs along several facilities and the property’s restaurant. The covered walkway, which will also feature ziplines, is reminiscent of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
  • A 17,000-square-foot restaurant and bar and a 9,000-square-foot kitchen and dining area.
  • A Great Lawn for concerts and events.
  • Medical space with an urgent care, orthopedic surgeons and sports physicians. It will also feature pools and cryotherapy booths.

The complex, run by Mesa-based Legacy Sports USA, will offer its own leagues for kids and adults. There are plans to sell general public memberships, though details such as pricing have yet to be hammered out. Single admission and drop-in prices have not yet been announced. Parking will be free, except for some special events such as concerts.

“We’re not just sports,” Legacy Sports President Brett Miller said.

The park was built at the old General Motors Proving Ground, which for nearly 60 years was used to test vehicle air-conditioning systems in the harsh heat. 

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Source: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2021/12/18/bell-bank-park-massive-mesa-sports-complex-opens-public-jan-7/8892928002/

The massive 320-acre Bell Bank Park is set to open next month, a Disneyland for sports enthusiasts with facilities for indoor and outdoor games, zip lines, an obstacle course and esports competitions. 

Far out in southeast Mesa, this land near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport used to be just desert. Now, the sprawling, privately built sports and entertainment complex off Ellsworth and Pecos roads is nestled between master-planned communities and an expanding freeway interchange within eyesight of the Superstition Mountains.

The complex found its footing after Mesa voters shot down a bond request in 2018 that would have paved the w…….

The massive 320-acre Bell Bank Park is set to open next month, a Disneyland for sports enthusiasts with facilities for indoor and outdoor games, zip lines, an obstacle course and esports competitions. 

Far out in southeast Mesa, this land near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport used to be just desert. Now, the sprawling, privately built sports and entertainment complex off Ellsworth and Pecos roads is nestled between master-planned communities and an expanding freeway interchange within eyesight of the Superstition Mountains.

The complex found its footing after Mesa voters shot down a bond request in 2018 that would have paved the w…….

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