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Sports Town grand opening marks $30 million investment in Springfield’s northwest side – KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Friday marked the unveiling of a new crown jewel sports facility on Springfield’s northwest side as the Betty and Bobby Allison Sports Town held its grand opening. It’s a multi-use indoor-and-outdoor sports facility that’s expected to have a significant effect on the area’s economy.

Located next to the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sports Town is an impressive 82-acre venue put together by a pair of Tulsa investors along with a contribution from the late Bobby Allison (Betty was his mother). The outdoor part of the venue features 12 soccer fields including four with artificial turf surfaces.

That part of Sports Town had already been in use but Friday marked the grand opening of the 94,000 square-foot indoor facility which has two soccer fields and space that can hold eight volleyball courts or four basketball courts.

The open expanse features scoreboards, bleachers, the latest in equipment, bathroom facilities, meeting rooms, concessions plus indoor-and-outdoor eating spaces.

“When we first came up with the idea to put a sports complex on this side of Springfield everybody looked at us like we were crazy,” Tulsa developer and part-owner Rob Phillips told a sizeable crowd in attendance. “But I hope you see now that this is going to spur development on this side of town that’s been lacking for many years. We promised the community that we would build one of the finest sports complexes in the region and I think we’ve fulfilled our promise. At a minimum we’re looking at 19 new state, regional and national tournaments annually and nearly 100,000 attendees. And those tourists will spend over $30 million in new dollars for Springfield tourism with over 48,000 new hotel room nights and hotel occupancy taxes of over a quarter-of-a-million dollars.”

But it didn’t come without challenges. The project was started during the pandemic and the owners admitted there were some trying times.

“It started out as a $20 million project and we went over $30 million but we had to bite the bullet,” Phillips said. “Steel prices went up 300 percent on us and they were delayed six months. It was an extremely challenging time.”

“No development project is without its bumps but this was enhanced by COVID,” added Tulsa consultant and part owner Stan Liedel. “We thought we’d be open by April, then August but it kept going month-by-month because you couldn’t get this particular part or this basketball goal was delayed another two weeks.”

Sports Town is just the latest of three big projects on the city’s northside that are expected to bring in more regional and national events to help the local economy. The other two being the new 6,600-seat arena at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and the $25 million in upgrades at Cooper Park.

“Our soccer, baseball and softball complexes are going to get 19 turf fields and that will complement what this facility is going to be able to do along with the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds new arena,” explained Springfield-Greene County Park Board Director Bob Belote. “The goal initially is that we’re benefitting our local families but the layer on the backside is bringing in the visitors’ spending and sports tourism to keep our economy strong.”

And the Park Board doesn’t see Sports Town as a competitor.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Friday marked the unveiling of a new crown jewel sports facility on Springfield’s northwest side as the Betty and Bobby Allison Sports Town held its grand opening. It’s a multi-use indoor-and-outdoor sports facility that’s expected to have a significant effect on the area’s economy.

Located next to the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sports Town is an impressive 82-acre venue put together by a pair of Tulsa investors along with a contribution from the late Bobby Allison (Betty was his mother). The outdoor part of the venue features 12 soccer fields including four with artificial turf surf…….

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Friday marked the unveiling of a new crown jewel sports facility on Springfield’s northwest side as the Betty and Bobby Allison Sports Town held its grand opening. It’s a multi-use indoor-and-outdoor sports facility that’s expected to have a significant effect on the area’s economy.

Located next to the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Sports Town is an impressive 82-acre venue put together by a pair of Tulsa investors along with a contribution from the late Bobby Allison (Betty was his mother). The outdoor part of the venue features 12 soccer fields including four with artificial turf surf…….

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