Southern Arizona’s largest indoor sports facility will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 4, in a unique fashion.
The Grand Opening Celebration, which will take place at 11 a.m., will include the unveiling of a permanent tribute wall inside the lobby to Coach Lute Olson. In lieu of the traditional “ribbon cutting ceremony,” the occasion will be marked by a ceremonial “net cutting.” Doors open to the press at 10:30 a.m., with public access at 11 a.m.
The $6 million facility, at 2100 W. Curtis Road, features nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor space that can accommodate up to five basketball courts or eight volleyball courts, as well as any other indoor sports activities like badminton, dodge ball, gymnastics, martial arts and futsal.
The complex came to fruition through a unique partnership among Tucson Medical Center, Pima County, the Tucson Conquistadores and Southern Arizona Community Sports, Inc. (SACS).
“It’s taken over a decade of hard work and collaboration involving several groups, but we could not be happier with the result,” said Don Tringali, the executive director of SACS, the nonprofit that spearheaded the effort and operates the building. “Southern Arizona finally has a first-class facility that offers affordable indoor space for sports and other programs that promote health for the community.”
Julia Strange, Tucson Medical Center’s vice president of community benefit, said the nonprofit hospital was responding to a need to provide a safe outlet for active lifestyles when it agreed to help fund the project. “We want to make a positive impact on the community, and promoting fitness is one way for us to do that,” Strange said.
The Center is designed as a rental facility for organized youth sports programs and is ideal for league play and tournaments. However, a block of hours each week is reserved for open play and walk-ins to promote physical fitness in an informal, supervised setting.
“Now, fitness, strength and teamwork won’t have to go on hiatus just because summer arrives,” said Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson. “This family-friendly facility is something we can all be proud of, and will serve as an asset for generations to come.”
For more information, please call Crystal Kasnoff at 520-429-0045.