[Source: CNHI News Indiana]
Just off of Interstate 65 in Boone County, a nearly 300,000 square foot athletics facility is being constructed in a partnership between the City of Lebanon and Card and Associates, a company that specializes in facility operations including programming, staffing, maintenance, food service, partnerships, sponsorships and more. Once completed, Hickory Junction Fieldhouse will include nine indoor basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball and pickleball. There will also be two full-sized indoor football fields in the facility.
“There’s an unmet demand in the market for additional, high-quality youth sports facilities,” Gentry said.
Tournaments have already been booked for 2024, and developers and city officials believe the influx of visitors to the area will result in increased sales for local businesses, especially hotels and restaurants. Estimates forecast up to 60,000 visitors to the facility monthly once it’s completed early next year.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Gentry said. “There’s a lot of excitement around the facility.”