Hagerstown’s new indoor sports facility could be open by late 2023, planners say – Yahoo News

A sports management group working on a planned new indoor sports facility in Hagerstown has a preliminary design that says about $22 million will be needed to build the facility.

Meanwhile, there are people anxious to find out how they might be able to get a piece of Municipal Stadium when it is torn down for the facility.

The city and Eastern Sports Management have been planning the facility, which could open next year. Mayor Emily Keller and the council were presented Tuesday with results of a phase one study for it, along with an estimated cost.

City officials have said there is demand for an indoor sports facility, and the plan is to demolish Municipal Stadium on Memorial Boulevard to make way for it.

This image shows how the Municipal Stadium site will be prepared for a new $22 million indoor sports facility. Stadium structures highlighted in yellow are the ones that are slated to be torn down.

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The Hagerstown Suns, a minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals, played at Municipal Stadium, but the team disbanded after Major League Baseball shrunk the number of minor league teams.

However, Downtown Baseball LLC, a group of investors including Hagerstown businessmen Howard “Blackie” Bowen, Don Bowman and James Holzapfel, have a deal with the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball to bring a new team to Hagerstown.

To help prepare for the team, the state legislature gave the Maryland Stadium Authority permission to allocate up to $59.5 million in bonds for design and construction of another facility: a 5,000-seat stadium at Summit Avenue and West Antietam Street. Maryland lottery proceeds will be used to pay debt service for the project, which is still in the planning stages.

As for the indoor sports facility, city council previously approved moving forward with the first phase of the project for $70,000. That phase was intended to develop initial design concepts and financial projections.

A place for basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and more

City Engineer Rodney Tissue, who spoke to the council with John Wack of Eastern Sports Management, said phase one of the study shows the facility would be about 114,000 square feet.

Wack said it would include two indoor turf fields and four basketball courts. The basketball courts could be converted for other sports, and Wack said the center could be used for soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, futsal, wrestling and pickleball.

It could also be used for convocations and dog shows, he said.

The center would also have a fitness center, restaurant, kids’ zone, and other offerings.

Who is picking up the tab?

Although the estimated cost is $22 million, Tissue suggested that city minimize its share of debt for the facility and seek funding help from Washington County, the state and federal government. He said city staff have set aside $2.2 million in surplus for the project.

The city would also be responsible for demolishing Municipal Stadium, which would cost $250,000, as well as fixing drainage issues at the site, which would cost about $700,000. Tissue said the drainage work would probably be paid through federal American Rescue …….

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A sports management group working on a planned new indoor sports facility in Hagerstown has a preliminary design that says about $22 million will be needed to build the facility.

Meanwhile, there are people anxious to find out how they might be able to get a piece of Municipal Stadium when it is torn down for the facility.

The city and Eastern Sports Management have been planning the facility, which could open next year. Mayor Emily Keller and the council were presented Tuesday with results of a phase one study for it, along with an estimated cost.

City officials have said there is demand for an indoor sports facility, and the plan is to demolish Municipal Stadium on Mem…….

A sports management group working on a planned new indoor sports facility in Hagerstown has a preliminary design that says about $22 million will be needed to build the facility.

Meanwhile, there are people anxious to find out how they might be able to get a piece of Municipal Stadium when it is torn down for the facility.

The city and Eastern Sports Management have been planning the facility, which could open next year. Mayor Emily Keller and the council were presented Tuesday with results of a phase one study for it, along with an estimated cost.

City officials have said there is demand for an indoor sports facility, and the plan is to demolish Municipal Stadium on Mem…….

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