McMillan Pazdan Smith architecture has been selected by Upward Sports, the world’s largest faith-based sports league for youth Athletics, to design a world-class 60-acre sports complex near their headquarters in Spartanburg, SC. The facility will be a premier destination for youth sports events, not only in the Upstate, but in the entire southeastern US.
Featuring a 120,000 square foot multi-sports facility called “The Star Center” the space will have six full-size basketball courts and 12 regulation-size indoor volleyball courts. Indoor batting cages, golf swing analysis, running track, and a gym with cardio and weight equipment, dance studios, cheerleading, yoga, aerobics, meeting rooms and a team shop will occupy the remainder of the new facility. Upward Sports has also partnered with Spartanburg Regional Health Services to offer on-site physical therapy, rehab and orthopedic services. Professional training and instruction for sports will also be offered on the site.
Phase One features six grass fields for soccer, lacrosse, and flag football as well as lighted, sand volleyball courts. There are plans to develop additional fields and facilities in the future.
The Design-Build team is utilizing Building Information Modeling so all participants can better understand the project and are able to provide immediate input, resulting in reduced construction costs and an accelerated construction schedule. Upward broke ground for the facility on June 18, 2013 and construction is scheduled to conclude in September 2014. Total cost for the project is estimated at $19 million.
The facility has already booked a national conference, and tournaments and academies for youth sports will be scheduled in the near future. The facility is primed to provide an unprecedented economic impact on Spartanburg County’s hoteliers, retailers and restaurants.
MPS also designed Upward’s international headquarters as well as a 60,000 square foot distribution center on the master-planned campus.
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