Photo courtesy of Mitchell Isbell, Legends Event Center, The City of Bryan
Having opened in December 2022, Legends Event Center is a state-of-the-art indoor sporting and event facility located in the heart of Travis Bryan Midtown Park in Bryan, Texas. The 122,300-square-foot venue, the largest of its kind in the region, is a destination hub for volleyball, basketball, cheer and dance, wrestling, pickleball, futsal and so much more in the Lone Star State.
A Top-Notch Facility
Legends Event Center features a 65,000-square-foot event floor with maple wood courts, designed to accommodate 16 volleyball courts and eight overlapping basketball courts with backboards, nets and referee stands, all suspended from the ceilings for convenient use as needed.
The space can be utilized for a variety of activities including gymnastic competitions, wrestling meets, pickleball tournaments, archery, cheer and dance competitions, boxing matches, futsal games, martial arts championships, esports conventions, trade shows, markets, meetings, and other special events. The facility also has the latest technology, including 36 televisions, 11 LED video boards, five projector screens, and a 360-degree LED halo board.
“Legends Event Center has put Bryan at the center of the map when it comes to providing premier indoor sports opportunities in the heart of the Texas Triangle. Not only does Legends allow us to provide the best facilities in the region for sports teams, but it also gives local athletes high-quality places to train and compete,” says former Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.
In addition to the volleyball/basketball court space, Legends Event Center boasts a concessions area directly overlooking the courts, and three large party/meeting rooms will adjoin a modern gaming arena equipped with popular arcade games and featuring a virtual reality station. There is also an esports lounge with 18 computers and monitors, along with spectator seating.
A versatile, 5,500-square-foot flex/meeting space, located past the courts and event floor, can be set up to host large banquets, holiday parties, award ceremonies, seminars, workshops, or it can be partitioned into five smaller spaces using wall dividers, with each room having a large drop-down projector screen on the wall as well as access to the outdoor patio overlooking a shaded artificial turf lawn, four collegiate and professional regulation sand volleyball courts, and Midtown Lake, just 50 yards away.
The venue also provides an indoor artificial turf space, and this 2,500-square-foot area is ideal for group activities such as performance training, yoga, and other group exercise activities, as well as supplemental birthday party package space. The management staff also offers this space to facilitate team-building activities and obstacle courses to complement meetings, trainings, and conferences held in the flex space. This dynamic area has served in many ways during tournaments such as weigh in and check in locations, additional warm-up space, and even as a player’s lounge between games, matches and events.
Food For Thought
Each event held at Legends Event Center has the opportunity to have its program catered by one of the many preferred vendors of Legends Event Center. The preferred vendor list includes many of the popular and unique dining options exclusive to the Bryan community. The venue’s world-class catering kitchen is conveniently located near the flex/meeting space at the end of the courts and event floor, offering quick access for meals to be brought out to attendees.
Elite Level Courts
Many programs and organizations currently utilize Legends Event Center to host their tournaments and their weekly practices. Houston Skyline BCS Volleyball Club, an affiliate of Houston Skyline, secured Legends Event Center as its training home before it completed construction and has utilized up to 10 nets per night on a weekly basis. Houston Skyline BCS is the premier volleyball club in the Brazos Valley and is the only club in the Brazos Valley that is part of League One Volleyball. This affiliation allows competitive volleyball players in the Brazos Valley to train locally and receive access to the best health resources, scholarships, recruiting resources, and pathways to volleyball careers in the U.S.
“Legends Event Center has had such a positive impact for our volleyball community,” says Kacie Street, executive director of Houston Skyline BCS. “The state-of-the-art facility is our home for Houston Skyline BCS’s club volleyball teams and youth programming. The ability to run practices, programs and tournaments on the multiple courts allows for incredible opportunities for youth volleyball players, which has enhanced and will continue to enhance the sport in our area for years to come.”
In addition to Houston Skyline BCS, the facility provides training and competition space for more than 15 local organized groups. Local organizations have utilized Legends Event Center to fill a previous void in the Bryan community, as a venue of this caliber is unmatched in the nearby area. Legends Event Center provides an outlet for new and experienced athletes to grow as competitors and helps lay the pathway to successful athletic careers and a lifelong love of sports.
Already Hosting Events
Legends Event Center began hosting a variety of athletic competitions in early 2023. Just one day removed from its ribbon cutting ceremony, the facility hosted a local basketball tournament with more than 30 teams. One week after opening its doors, Legends Event Center had the pleasure of hosting one of the longest-running high school wrestling tournaments in the state of Texas, The Doc Hess Classic Memorial Wrestling Tournament.
In the following months, Legends Event Center continued to add to its resume by hosting 20 tournaments ranging from regional volleyball, basketball, wrestling, cheer & dance, esports, and more. On a national scale, the venue was the home to the Adidas 3SSB Live Event for the boys’ basketball tournament in April 2023, and the girls’ basketball tournament in May 2023. Both tournaments spanned three days and saw nationally ranked high school athletes from all over the United States and Canada compete in front of coaches from the top collegiate programs in the country.
In a non-sport capacity, Legends Event Center has hosted over 10 special events ranging from Coach’s Night, featuring Texas A&M Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher, and a live music performance from Steve Wariner during a fundraiser for the local Bryan school district.
The Soul of Aggieland
The city of Bryan, a thriving, diverse and historic city of 90,000 residents, is one of the homes of Texas A&M University and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas. The locale offers multiple unique experiences and a plethora of outstanding restaurant and lodging options for visitors and their families.
Bryan and the surrounding communities represent the rich culture that honors the true Texas spirit. The historic downtown area of Bryan, just minutes from the venue, is the perfect place to spend time between games or before/after events, grabbing a delicious meal or experiencing unique shopping boutiques.
Being positioned in the heart of the “Texas Triangle,” Legends Event Center is a three-hour drive or less from each of the largest metro areas in the state — Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio — and just an eight-minute drive from Texas A&M University. The venue’s prime location makes it a strategic choice to host national and regional tournaments, and the short distance allows teams from across the state, region and nation to enjoy all that Bryan has to offer. For added convenience, there are 10 hotels in the immediate vicinity of Legends Event Center.
The premier hotel nearby is the Stella Hotel, Autograph Collection. This AAA 4-Diamond, full-service hotel exudes a fresh and authentic, yet evolved, Texan experience that reflects the innovative, intellectual spirit of the community. Those interested in staying at the Stella Hotel, Autograph Collection, or any of the nearby lodgings, can book their stay by visiting www.destinationbryan.com.
“Destination Bryan is proud to see a facility of this caliber paired with a community that is deeply rooted in sport,” says John Friebele, executive director of Destination Bryan. “Having a partner in Sports Facilities Companies to manage the venue adds the additional element that event rights holders, and their attendees, are looking for: unmatched service in an ideal location with partners who make executing their event easy.”
Getting in Touch
From the Grand Opening ceremony in December of 2022, many people have worked hard to make sure that Legends Event Center is the premier destination for athletes, gamers and anyone who needs exceptional meeting space. This venue is a game-changer for this region of Texas, drawing competitors from near and far and helps build success for players and businesses while serving the needs of the community.
“This facility has proven to be the ideal location to attract large regional and national events that will have an incredible impact on Bryan and surrounding Brazos Valley communities,” says Jamie Cox, general manager of Legends Event Center. “The growth potential of volleyball and other youth sports in Bryan, Texas, at Legends Event Center will be exponential!”
The Legends Event Center team is ready to help make any upcoming program/event legendary. For more information, please visit the website at www.BryanLegends.com. Like and Follow on Facebook and Instagram: BryanLegendsEventCenter or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.