The sports tourism facility reports successful 2018 including over $14 Million in economic impact
HOOVER, Ala., March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In the 2018 fiscal year, The Hoover Met Complex out-performed both projected economic impact numbers and budget allocations. The state-of-the-art facility, managed by Sports Facilities Management, created $14.86 million in total economic impact from out of town visitor spending and local events.
The complex hosted more than 1,700 teams, 22,000 athletes and coaches, and 48,000 spectators from traditional and non-traditional sports events. Notable tournaments include Blue Chips Basketball, AAU Super Regional Volleyball Tournament, WSA Cheer, Future 150 Basketball among others. A significant part of the growth is attributed to non-sporting shows and meetings with Alabama Power Company, Birmingham Association of Realtors, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Spectrum, Sysco Food Shows, CASC Gun Shows and Market Noel.
"We are pleased that the Hoover Met Complex contributed more than $14 million in economic impact through a variety of events in 2018," said Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato. "With the completion of construction at the Hoover Met Complex and all facets open, we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the City of Hoover to enjoy and compete in many events throughout this new year."
In late 2018, Hoover Climbing and Adventure opened inside the Finley Center creating a new active-entertainment option for children of all ages. The baseball and softball fields have created additional opportunities for the size and types of events at the Hoover Met Complex by increasing the number of fields available, in addition to the existing Hoover Met Stadium. The final phase of the Hoover Met Complex opened on February 1, 2019 and features 16 tennis courts and five multi-purpose fields, which are NCAA regulated for football, lacrosse and soccer. The EXPLORE playground and splash pad, which feature a universal design, will be the last portion of this phase and are expected to open in March.
"We are excited to announce the completion of the final phase of Hoover Met Complex," said John Sparks, SFM General Manager of Hoover Met Complex. "We look forward to providing more options for residents and increase tourism as we host additional tournaments throughout the New Year."
Hoover Met Complex has a variety of new and returning events on the 2019 calendar including: SEC Baseball Tournament, East Coast Pro, Perfect Game Baseball Association and Adidas Gauntlet. For more information and ticketing for upcoming events, visit www.hoovermetcomplex.com.
About Hoover Metropolitan Complex
Hoover Metropolitan Complex is a world class, multi-sport and event facility located in Hoover, AL just 10 miles south of Birmingham. The state-of-the-art Finley Center includes more than 83,000 square feet of uninterrupted multi-purpose space and Hoover RV Park features 170 pull-through spaces with utility hookups. The outdoor complex features five NCAA regulation-size baseball/softball fields, five multi-purpose fields suitable for NCAA regulation soccer, football, and lacrosse, 16 hard tennis courts, a playground, and splash pad.
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