Opening December 2022, Legends Event Center will be 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, will be the 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 will feature 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 12 LED video boards, 32 televisions and five projector screens.
“Legends Event Center puts 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 Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.
In addition to the volleyball/basketball court space, Legends Event Center will boast a concessions area directly overlooking the courts, and three large birthday party/meeting rooms will adjoin a modern gaming arena equipped with popular arcade games and featuring a virtual reality area. 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 and award ceremonies, 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 the lake just 50 yards away.
The venue also provides an 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.
Food For Thought
Each event held at Legends Event Center will have the opportunity to have its program catered in-house. 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. Event organizers in need of catering services can opt to have their events catered by one of the many preferred vendors of Legends Event Center. The preferred vendor list will include many of the popular and unique dining options exclusive to the Bryan community.
Ready for Action
Many programs and organizations are currently in discussions with Legends Event Center to host their tournaments and events and/or with the intentions of calling the venue their training home. For example, once the facility opens, the Houston Skyline BCS Volleyball Club, an affiliate of Houston Skyline, has secured Legends as its training home and will be utilizing the court space weekly. 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.
“We are thrilled about the opportunity to train in the Legends facility,” says Kacie Street, executive director of Houston Skyline BCS. “The court space and facility amenities will allow the sport of volleyball to grow within the community as we are able to provide training not only for our competitive club teams, but also youth programs for volleyball players who are just starting out in the sport.”
The excitement for this facility is shared by another local organization, Vette City Events, working in conjunction with Houston Skyline BCS, which has also secured Legends Event Center as its destination for tournaments. “We are ecstatic about bringing multiple large-scale volleyball tournaments to Legends Event Center in 2023,” says Andy Cavins, tournament director of Vette City Events.
In addition to providing a training ground for competitive club teams, the facility will provide an excellent opportunity to implement local youth programing. Local organizations will be able to utilize 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 will provide an outlet for new and experienced athletes to grow as competitors and will help lay the pathway to successful athletic careers and a lifelong love of sports.
Legends Event Center will begin hosting a variety of athletic competitions in early 2023. The roster includes Battle on the Brazos Volleyball Tournament and MaXout East Texas-Maximum Cheer and Dance (both in February), and B/CS Bash Volleyball Tournament in March.
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 groundbreaking ceremony in June of 2021, 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 and will draw competitors from near and far and help build success for players and businesses while serving the needs of the community.
“This facility is in 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 at email@example.com. SDM