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Murfreesboro Approves 250+ Acre Sports Complex

A major development on more than 250 acres could bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to Murfreesboro.

The Murfreesboro City Council voted this week on first reading to approve the plan of services, annexation and zoning requests for the proposed Legacy Sports and Entertainment Park.

The proposed Legacy Sports and Entertainment Park is a $350 million project. It would be built on almost 260 acres along the east side of Northwest Broad Street near Interstate-840 and the Stones River. City officials said the property was being sold by members of the Hord and Haymore families, who are descendants of the Benjamin Hord family that’s owned the property for over 180 years.

“We are excited about finalizing annexation and zoning for this new development with Legacy Sports Tennessee that is expected to be a game changer for our community,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “We are delighted that Legacy Sports committed to Murfreesboro and believe the development with a family-oriented philosophy balances the need for sports and entertainment facilities in our growing community along with economic and tourism development in the Sports Capital of Tennessee.”

The plans include multiple recreational and professional sports facilities, a fitness and wellness center, a multi-use gaming and arcade area and a 6,000 seat arena and outdoor amphitheater for events and concerts. Shopping and restaurants will also be featured.

“After visiting numerous locations, Legacy Sports Tennessee found a home in Murfreesboro, an ideal location with visionary leadership and growth,” said Legacy Sports CEO Chad Miller. “The complex will provide facilities and fields for youth sports leagues and camps with anticipated tournaments on weekends.”

The proposed sports complex is projected to bring more than five million annual visitors and over $350 million of direct economic impact by the fifth year of operation.

The Legacy Sports Tennessee complex will showcase a variety of outdoor and indoor athletic activities, including:

  • soccer
  • baseball
  • softball
  • basketball
  • football
  • hockey
  • lacrosse
  • volleyball
  • obstacle course racing
  • pickleball
  • cheer
  • dance
  • e-sports
  • family fitness
  • recreational sports with leagues, camps and tournaments of US Soccer, US Baseball, AAU basketball and TSSAA

After the council vote on April 7 approved the first reading of the plan of services, annexation and zoning requests, the city says the developers will still be required to present a site plan for review before the Murfreesboro Planning Commission. Legacy Sports USA hopes to break ground on the Middle Tennessee complex in 2022 with a potential grand opening in 2024.

For more information on Bell Bank Park in Mesa and Legacy Sports USA, visit BellBankPark.com and LegacySportsUSA.com.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.