The sports mega-complexes directory is our attempt to start tracking a relative new industry – the first facility among this mega class opened in 1990, the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Since then, more than one hundred of these facilities have been developed in the U.S. and worldwide.
Sports mega-complexes are sometimes oriented to youth sports tournaments, league play and travel teams. A great many of these facilities target the same sports and recreation purpose, but more for adult participation. The array of facilities include all indoor and all outdoor projects, and a mix of both indoor and outdoor. And some of these places also rely upon non-league participation of sole participants – for their own workouts and sports challenges. Our sports mega-complexes directory and guide to operators includes best-of-class examples of all these kinds of facilities.
Sports mega-complex facilities have taken a role in local economic development programs, given the sometimes substantial regional (recreation) sports revenues the facilities can generate. As an industry, total annual revenues generated by these mega-sport facilities now exceed what the National Football League (NFL) generates. And this kind of facility can act as anchor or fully occupy a shopping mall as a redevelopment schedule. The NISE Center in Niagara Falls (Cocov Destinations) is an example of such a sports-mega-complex anchoring a retail center redevelopment. An image of the repurposing project is shown below, and the shopping mall repurposing is include in our sports mega-complexes directory.
Over the past decade, the scale of the sports mega-complex industry has created an opportunity for multi-property facility management companies to prosper. Some of the more prominent operators includes Sports Facilities Management, Fore Kicks Inc., Sports Force Parks, The St. James Group, and Spooky Nook Sports, among others. Each of these multi-site operators appear in our sports mega-complexes directory (below).