Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Opens to Fanfare
20 Jun, 2017
New, 60-acre Round Rock Multipurpose Complex with 10 multipurpose fields expected to attract a wide variety of sporting events
The City of Round Rock held a grand opening ceremony last month for the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, a 60-acre, $27 million addition to Old Settlers Park. Featuring two championship fields and eight multipurpose fields, the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is expected to draw thousands of players and spectators annually for various types of sporting events.
Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw and City of Round Rock Director of Sports Management and Tourism Chad McKenzie spoke at the celebratory gathering, which was open to the public. The Round Rock City Council and City Managers also participated in the unconventional ribbon cutting ceremony that consisted of soccer balls being kicked through a ribbon in front of a goal.
“This is a ‘landmark addition’ that complements and greatly enhances the existing features of Old Settlers Park,” McGraw said. “This investment ultimately serves our residents in two ways: by offering a great amenity for our youth to practice and play, and by attracting tournaments that bring thousands of people to support local Round Rock businesses by shopping, dining, and spending the night.”
The new multipurpose complex will host a variety of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, Ultimate, flag football and more. Of the two championship fields in the complex, one is a natural-grass field and the other is a synthetic-turf field. Four of the multipurpose fields are also natural grass, and the other four have synthetic turf. All 10 fields are equipped with Musco Sports lighting. Spectator amenities include a playground, permanent seating with shade structures for 250 people on each of the championship fields, plus options to add portable seating. The complex also has 938 parking spaces and a clubhouse with concessions and restrooms.
The multipurpose fields are already being used weekday evenings by Round Rock residents to practice and play with their local teams.
The City of Round Rock Sports Management and Tourism Department and the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will promote the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex as a state-of-the-art venue for major sports tournaments to be used on the weekends. Local residents also benefit because money spent in the community by out-of-town visitors generates sales tax revenue that helps fund City services.
The multipurpose complex enables Round Rock to attract a whole new set of sporting events to the community. The venue is already pre-booked with more than 25 events this year, and more in 2018.
“The flexibility of this new sports complex allows us to bid on and host a significantly wider range of regional, national and international sporting events,” McKenzie said. “The Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is another strong pillar of our Sports Capital of Texas brand. We are so thankful for the continued investment and vision of our City leaders, which enable us to be so successful with our effort to attract these big tournaments to Round Rock. We have seen that when tournaments come to RoundRock, the event organizers, the teams and the spectators are impressed and want to return.”
The design consultant for the entire $27 million project is Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. and the general contractor is Joeris General Contractors.
In addition to the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex and everything offered at Old Settlers Park, the Round Rock facilities that the City uses and markets for Sports Capital of Texas events include: Round Rock Sports Center, Dell Diamond, Allen R. Baca Center, Austin Marriott North conference center, Austin Sports Arena, the Brushy Creek Community Center, Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek, Centennial Plaza, Chateau on the Creek, Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Dragon Stadium, Fern Bluff Community Center, Forest Creek Golf Course and Amenity Center, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites, Kelly Reeves RRISD Athletic Complex, Lone Oak Barn, Luther Peterson Park, Round Rock Amphitheater, Round Rock Public Library, Sharon Hart Prete Main Street Plaza, Shayla Dame Skate Park, Texas State University Round Rock Campus, The Grove: Events at the Water’s Edge, The Rabb House, The Ranch House at Teravista, The Heritage Center at Dell Diamond, Williamson County Old Settlers Association Main Hall, and the Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center.
Soccer Complex Project
In addition to completing construction of the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, the City of Round Rock also recently broke ground on the soccer complex project also in Old Settlers Park. Five existing soccer fields are under renovation to create two multipurpose fields and three individual soccer fields—one full-sized field and two youth fields—all with natural grass.
As part of the project, the existing topsoil and sod will be replaced, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades will be added to the complex. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
About the Sports Capital of Texas: The City of Round Rock Sports Management and Tourism Department and the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) are dedicated to bringing revenue to the great city of Round Rock. Using hotel occupancy taxes (funds paid by visitors who stay in our hotels,) we promote Round Rock as The Sports Capital of Texas for youth, amateur and recreational sports to tournament and meeting planners across the nation. Our central location in Texas, our unique shopping opportunities and our abundance of tournament-ready fields, courts and courses are helping Round Rock quickly become the top choice for planners when selecting a location for their next big event. For the members of our community, hosting more events means hosting more visitors. And more visitors means more profits for our local businesses, plus lowered property taxes for our citizens, for which we can all be big fans. Here’s to Round Rock: a great place to live and a great place to play. Game on! For more information, visitwww.sportscapitaloftexas.com.