Largest indoor sports complex in West Virginia to be built in Charleston


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Leaders with the City of Charleston and Kanawha County announced a draft plan Wednesday to build the largest indoor sports complex in West Virginia.

“One of the biggest requests that we receive are activities for families, recreation, things to do, and we are going to deliver today,” said Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango.

“The number one thing that people have said to me constantly, being mayor for the past three and a half years, the number one thing – invest in our youth,” said Mayor Goodwin. “Well, today we are going to do that.”

The Capital Sports Center, which will have the capacity to host major regional and national events, will be the largest sporting complex in West Virginia and one of the largest in the Eastern United States, leaders say.

New indoor sports complex to be built in Charleston(WSAZ)

Wednesday Commissioner Salango and Mayor Goodwin highlighted key findings from a sports tourism study by The Huddle Up Group for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) that show the economic impact sports tourism can have on a region and the need for a singular indoor facility to host large regional and national events.

The new facility will be situated 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 financial joint venture between the Kanawha County Commission and the City of Charleston.

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

Some main features of the facility 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, 30-foot rock wall and a wrestling ring.

Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango says a ribbon cutting is about three years away.

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

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

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

“One of the biggest requests that we receive are activities for families, recreation, things to do, and we are going to deliver today,” said Commissioner Salango.

“The number one thing that people have said to me constantly, being mayor for the past three and a half years, the number one thing – invest in our youth,” said Mayor Goodwin. “Well, today we are going to do that.”

The announcement that Mayor Goodwin says will significantly impact properties around the Charleston Town Center Mall is expected to be made Wednesday, August 24, at 2 pm

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

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

According to Mayor Goodwin the investment is going to significantly impact properties around the Charleston Town Center Mall.

“This announcement that we are going to have today and the economic impact is not just going to significantly help the Charleston Town Center Mall but the Coliseum and Convention Center, the hotels that we have, every business and much more importantly than that, every single family that we have, not just here in Charleston, but Kanawha County and quite frankly the entire East Coast,” said Mayor Goodwin.

“Once we make the announcement today, we are looking at about six to nine months of construction documents and then probably about two years of construction,” said Commissioner Salango. “So, we are about three years from cutting a ribbon but the city is committed, the county is committed, our federal partners are committed, and we are going to make this happen.”

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