The St. Louis POWERplex youth sports destination is one step closer to being set in motion after a final hurdle was reached at the Bridgeton city council meeting this January. At completion, this vast sports resort forecasts 2.9 million annual visitors to indoor and outdoor athletic fields and courts, restaurants, hotels, retail and special event space. Converting an existing, well-built structure into 1.5 million square-feet of indoor sports spaces, POWERplex will be the largest indoor/outdoor youth sports campus in America.
On January 30th, Dan Buck, Managing Partner of Big Sports Properties, spoke at the St. Louis Area Hotel Association (SLAHA) quarterly board meeting hosted by the Chase Park Plaza. In this presentation, Dan reemphasized the amazing opportunity St. Louis has to be a part of the booming youth sports tourism market. Dan further explained that other markets, such as Peoria and Indianapolis, put a premium on accommodations ranging from $200-$400 per hotel room for sports tournaments. Dan suggests that the reasonably-priced room rates offered at the POWERplex partner hotels will ensure St. Louis’ longevity in attracting tournaments away from higher-priced markets while sustaining continued growth in the industry. The POWERplex team states that they are expecting the first tournaments to begin winter 2020.
The Sports Campus will feature a fitness center, training, practice, and athletic game spaces, as well as 5.1 acres of turf under a 750’ x 300’ dome. For Baseball/Softball, the POWERplex will have 8 artificial turf fields on campus and utilize additional off-site fields to host larger tournaments as well as a 2,200-seat stadium sponsored by Ameren. There is a 175,000+ square-foot hardcourt venue featuring 26 indoor Volleyball courts, 3 full-size Basketball courts and 6 three-on-three courts. 6 indoor Beach Volleyball courts and 2 outdoor are offered at the venue as well. With Pickleball popularity on the rise, there are 10 indoor Pickleball courts with a bar and entertainment venue able to seat over 400 guests. In addition, the campus will host eSports events, wrestling, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, futsal, flag football and more. Phase 2 includes plans for a Dance and Cheer competition arena and practice studios as well as 20 team dorms with a coach’s suite.
The POWERplex Campus will have several extra amenities that will appeal to an even broader range of participants including a fully renovated 14 screen Cineplex with arcade and bar/grill, a hockey/ice skating arena, Cabela’s retail store, go-kart track, ropes course and other recreational activities.
This sports facility will also be a prominent site for large expos and company meetings offering several proposed meeting and event spaces, catering options and unique entertainment offerings. An 8-minute drive from the airport makes out-of-town visitor stays convenient. Several hotel sites are planned for the outlets surrounding the main building with ample food and beverage options both in the food court and restaurants on campus. The turf dome with the three full-size indoor fields and 110-foot tall roof will additionally double as a massive expo and event space!
Look Forward to Updates
With all the options POWERplex will provide the property’s visitors, there will be no question that this sports facility will be able to accommodate a variety of engaging company functions and will influence the shift towards more interactive meetings and events. Look for future updates in the upcoming issues of MM&E.