West Virginia’s largest sports complex will be built in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Charleston city and Kanawha County leaders announced Wednesday a draft plan to build the largest sports complex in West Virginia.

“One of the biggest requests we get is activities for families, entertainment, things to do, and we’re going to deliver today,” Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango said.

“The number one thing people have said to me over the last three and a half years as mayor is to invest in our youth,” said Mayor Goodwin. “Well, we’re going to do that today.”

The Capital Sports Center, with the capacity to host major regional and national events, will be the largest sports complex in West Virginia and one of the largest in the eastern United States, leaders said.

A new indoor sports complex will be built in Charleston(WSAZ)

On Wednesday, Commissioner Salango and Mayor Goodwin highlighted the key findings of a sports tourism study by The Huddle Up Group for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) that shows the economic impact sports tourism can have on an area and the need for a single indoor facility. Host large regional and national events.

The new facility will be located near and around the Charleston Town Center Mall property, leaders announced Wednesday.

Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango called the plan the largest economic joint venture between the Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston.

The 254,000 square foot indoor sports complex comes with an $80 million price tag.

Some of the facility’s highlights include an Olympic-sized aquatic center with 10 lanes, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor turf field, six indoor basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, a 30-foot rock. Walls and a wrestling ring.

Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango said it will take about three years to cut the ribbon.

“We’re looking at about six to nine months of construction documents and then about two years of construction,” Commissioner Salango said. “So, we’re about three years from the ribbon cutting, but the city is committed, the county is committed, our federal partners are committed, and we’re going to do it.”

Officials anticipate the complex could be a draw for youth sports and revenue for the city and county.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – WSAZ Midday Wednesday, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango teased a major development in what they called the largest financial joint venture the Kanawha County Commission and the City of Charleston have undertaken recently. Memory.

“One of the biggest requests we get is activities for families, entertainment, things to do, and we’re going to deliver today,” said Commissioner Salango.

“The number one thing people have said to me over the last three and a half years as mayor is to invest in our youth,” said Mayor Goodwin. “Well, we’re going to do that today.”

Mayor Goodwin is expected to make an announcement Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. that will significantly impact properties surrounding the Charleston Town Center Mall.

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During the press conference, the City of Charleston and Kanawha County Commission will highlight key findings contained in a study conducted by the Huddle Up Group for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau and reveal major development planned for the city.

“In this sports tourism report it talks about the need for a multi-sport complex here in Charleston, West Virginia,” said Mayor Goodwin.

According to Mayor Goodwin, the investment will have a significant impact on properties surrounding the Charleston Town Center Mall.

“This announcement that we’re going to make today and the economic impact will not only significantly help the Charleston Town Center Mall, but the Coliseum and Convention Center, the hotels we have, every business and more importantly, every single one. We have family, just here in Charleston. No, but in Kanawha County and obviously the entire East Coast,” said Mayor Goodwin.

“After the announcement today, we are looking at about six to nine months of construction documents and then possibly two years of construction,” Commissioner Salango said. “So, it’s been three years since we cut the ribbon but the city is committed, the county is committed, our federal partners are committed, and we’re going to do it.”

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