MURFREESBORO A new sports complex featuring four basketball courts, outdoor sand volleyball courts and potentially a water park is scheduled to open here early next month.
Fieldhouse LLC, which has facilities in Franklin and Madison, Alabama, have leased the former Murfreesboro Racquet Club facility on River Rock Boulevard with the plan of opening the Murfreesboro Field House Sept. 8.
“I’ve been looking at the site since around the first of the year,” said Trigg Wilkes, managing partner of Fieldhouse LLC. “We are looking at four other sites around Davidson County.”
The Murfreesboro Field House sits on a 10-acre site that has also includes 12,000-square feet of field turf for baseball and soccer.
A location in Murfreesboro, though, made the most sense, Wilkes said.
Wilkes cited Murfreesboro’s population growth combined with the Rutherford County’s Chamber of Commerce trademark, Sports Capital of Tennessee, along with a facility in place as the reasons to open the business here.
“Our Franklin facility is overflowing with active sports programs, and we believe that – with the strong growth here – Murfreesboro was a logical next location for us,”Wilkes said. “There is a definitely a pent-up demand for additional sports facilities in this area, and our plan is to grow and add facilities here.”
Initially, the facility will include four basketball courts with the capability of four volleyball courts.
Wilkes said he has been in contact with Tom Insell regarding moving some of the Battle in the ‘Boro summer AAU girls basketball tournament to Murfreesboro.
“We want to help Tom do more in Murfreesboro,” Wilkes said. “We know that basketball can drive a lot here.”
The Mid TN travel club team has committed to using the Murfreesboro Field House, club owner/director Rhonda Ross said.
Sand volleyball courts are scheduled to be installed in late February. They will be used for recreation and tournaments.
Wilkes said a splash park behind the club is tentatively being planned. The west fork of the Stones River runs behind the property.
The Franklin Fieldhouse features 32,000 square feet of multi-purpose gymnasium space and a 10,000-square-foot indoor turf field designed for baseball and soccer training. The facility serves as a hub for local sports teams as well as a host for large, regional tournaments, officials said.
“We are proud to not only serve the needs of local families in Franklin but also as an economic driver for the travel and tourism community,” said Wilkes. “Moving forward, we anticipate our Murfreesboro facility to be an attractive host for regional events that fill up local hotels, restaurants and other businesses.”
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