By: Jacob Bradt
Ever since the new sports complex was announced for downtown the community has been pretty excited about it. There’s been a lot of support thus far for the Ingersol Downtown Sports Complex, to be located at 301 South Water Street. It’s now at the point of approving the primary contractor that will be responsible for the build out.
A council committee has selected Rockford’s own Stenstrom to handle the construction. Next week this will be taken to the 14 aldermen to vote on approval. If approved, Stenstrom will be receiving $14 million of the 24 million dollars projected for the project. Additional contracts will still need to be awarded, but this is the first major contract to be awarded for the project. The total budget and funding was approved in December of 2014 by the City. The sports complex is projected to be completed by summer of 2016.
Ingersol Downtown Sports Complex will consist of 8 hardwood basketball courts that will be convertible to 15 volleyball courts. These will be installed within the north section of the structure. The southern portion of the building is projected to contain an indoor playground, skate park, climbing wall, office areas, storage, and a café space that will cater to participants and families. This will be a place for not only local teams to play in, but is also large enough to host tournaments and other competitions. The hope is that the new complex will draw in outside teams as well as regional and larger competitions. When those visitors come to compete, they’ll also come to eat, drink, and play. (City of Rockford DSC page)
This will be a great addition to not just the downtown region, but the city as a whole. More tourists mean more tourist dollars and more support for our local shops and eateries. What are your thoughts on the new complex? Let me know in the comments!