The city of Cullman announced today it is building a new 130,000 square foot sports and events facility located in the middle of the Sports and Events District, near Cullman’s newest attraction, WildWater.
Cullman Sports and Event Complex
Once the new Cullman Sports and Events Complex is complete, the district will include:
- 10 tournament basketball courts
- 19 volleyball courts
- 9 baseball/softball fields
- 5 soccer fields
- Large events center
- Wellness center
- Indoor aquatic center
- Regional water park
The new facility is slated to open in 2024 and is expected to bring an estimated annual economic impact of $20 to $23 million for the area.
The new sports and events facility would be more than just a sports complex, according to Clint Hollingsworth, City of Cullman Council member Place 4 and Chairman of the City’s Tourism Committee.
“Nationally, there are very few places like this,” said Hollingsworth. “The opening of this facility will solidify Cullman as one of the top 20 places for youth sports destinations in the country. For many visitors, it will be not only their introduction to Cullman, but also their introduction to Alabama.”
Cullman is Growing
The city of Cullman grew 23.3% between the 2010 census and 2020 census. The town is strategically located between Alabama’s two largest cities — Birmingham and Huntsville.
According to the city, the project’s gym is designed to host large concerts (up to 6500 attendees), expositions, conventions, trade shows, sporting events and charity fundraisers.
The design also consists of a large open space for various recreational events and programs, a catering kitchen, up to 8 breakout meeting rooms and parking.
“This facility will serve a massive need for the local community,” said Nathan Anderson, Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Executive Director. “It will draw hundreds of thousands to Cullman, and will have a tremendous impact on our community.”
The city has contracted with Birmingham-based CCR Architecture & Interiors to perform design work for the new sports and events center.
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