HOOVER, Ala., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hoover Met Complex recently garnered national attention when it was featured on the Black Friday airing of the NBC Today Show - along with Bo Jackson's Elite Sports as well as Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management (SFM) - as a leading sports and event operation, positioned to serve the explosive growth in the amateur sports industry.
In addition to the exposure on the NBC Today Show, the Hoover Met Complex, and its new Finley Center, has been recognized as a top go-to venue for event planners, listed along with 10 other elite new sports facilities around the country by Connect Sports, a resource for the sports tourism market. "The 155,000-square-foot venue outside of Birmingham, Alabama, opened in May," writes Matt Swenson, senior editor of Collinson Media & Events. "The indoor component of Hoover Met Complex - holds 11 basketball courts and 17 volleyball courts, an indoor climbing center and meeting space. Five baseball/softball diamonds, plus five soccer/football/lacrosse fields, and 16 tennis courts are scheduled for completion in 2018."
The complex also includes a 10,000-seat stadium, which not only hosts the prestigious SEC Baseball Tournament but is also slated to host a new marquee baseball event run by East Coast Pro, a non-profit run by MLB scouts, that will stage its annual scouting event at the Hoover Met Complex, August 1-4, 2018. Players will be evaluated and observed over four days by team scouts, coaches, agents and supporters. Adidas is sponsoring the event, which will be hosted at the Hoover Met Complex for the next three years. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals will be the six sponsoring teams selecting players who will attend.
The Hoover Met Complex is managed by Sports Facilities Management (SFM) and is part of a portfolio of their elite Sports Tourism Venues; including the new Rocky Mount Event Center in North Carolina, scheduled to come on-line in 2018, which has generated more than $4.25 million in economic impact/investment in the last 90 days, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, which after the first full two years of operation, has exceeded its projected economic impact by $24 million (actual numbers were just over $31 million) and Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee which produced an estimated $35.4 million in economic of impact in 2016-17, exceeding expectations for the third year in a row, bolstering the thriving travel industry in the Smoky Mountains.
According to Sports Facilities Management (SFM) CEO, Jason Clement, "The Hoover Met Complex is one of the preeminent locations for family event, sports and recreation in the southeast — driving economic impact, opportunity and quality of life for the Hoover Community. We are pleased to see that the venue is already getting the recognition and credit it deserves as one of the elite, most sought after sports tourism venues in the marketplace today."
Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) and Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) are both headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. SFA, founded in 2003, has produced more than $8 Billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts for youth and amateur sports complexes, while SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation and event venues, nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-managed venues have hosted more than 50 million visitors. For more information, visit: www.sportadvisory.com
SOURCE Sports Facilities Management