Construction of the Bluegrass Sportsplex is ongoing and the sports venue is set to open at the beginning of next year.

The facility, scheduled to open the weekend of Jan. 11, will have space for various sports, such as soccer, basketball, tennis, pickleball, futsal and volleyball. Batting cages for baseball and softball also will be available. The facility will allow numerous games to be held simultaneously and will be open for all ages.

“This space is so flexible we can host literally anything,” said Bryan Reesor, general manager.

The sports venue is at 208 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown is 103,000 square feet. Bluegrass Sportsplex officials said the sports venue has been a long-time goal. The idea of the sports complex came from Todd Davis and Rick Davis of Bluegrass Tank and Equipment. A feasibility study for the sportsplex was conducted in 2012 and construction on the sports venue began in June 2018, Reesor said. Reesor visited several similar sports venues around the country to better understand the operations and aspects of running a sports complex.

“It’s been a long process,” he said. “It’s been an adventure.”

Other amenities include showers, restrooms, meeting rooms and concessions.

“It’s a community facility,” said Cameron Davis, who is responsible for marketing and community relations. “It’s a family environment. We’re definitely excited people won’t have to drive to Louisville or Lexington or Bowling Green or anywhere. It’ll just be right here in their backyard.”

Davis said the sports venue will accommodate elite players to young children who never have played a sport before and includes plans for academies to teach children about various sports.

“This is a brand new business to the area,” Reesor said. “It’s going to take a little bit of time to get some traction.”

The sports complex already has attracted outside interest. Union Volleyball in Louisville is hosting a volleyball regional tournament in February at the facility. The tournament is expected to bring in 40 teams from Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee.

Janna Clark, Eliza­beth­town Tourism and Convention Bureau dir­ector, said the indoor Blue­grass Sportsplex will mesh well with the outdoor Elizabethtown Sports Park at 1401 West Park Road.

“My understanding is that it’s going to have a mix of events which is always good for tourism,” she said.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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