A beam signing event was held on Tuesday, December 1 for the Grand Park Events Center. Holladay Properties partners John Phair and Chris Wilkes joined Mayor Andy Cook and others from Indiana Sports Properties, Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality & Restaurant Group, the City of Westfield and Grand Park in signing their names on a steel beam, which will be the last one placed during construction.
"This is a big day for the City of Westfield and for Grand Park," said Mayor Andy Cook. "This is a key component for Grand Park becoming a year-round sports destination."
Holladay Properties, an Indiana-based development and property management firm, broke ground in May of this year on the state-of-the-art $26 million, 378,000 square foot indoor sports facility which will house three full-size soccer fields capable of adapting to many other sports and events. The clear span of each field is at a minimum 40 feet and a maximum of 73 feet high. The facility also features two elevated concourse areas for spectator viewing, locker rooms and rest room.
"This spectacular facility will accommodate several sports and non-sporting activities. I am confident that this facility will exceed expectations in every measurable way and in the next few months, I expect to make several announcements to confirm plans for several events and organizations that will be using this facility beginning in 2016," said Don Rawson, President and CEO of Indiana Sports Properties.
The facility will also be the new home of the Indiana Soccer Association and its 12 employees as well as multiple food-service operations by Jonathan Byrd's. With the recent announcement of a custom lodging facility that will be owned and operated by the Byrd Hotel Group, a division of Jonathan Byrd's, the Indoor Sports Facility will also offer an ideal location for conventions and large-scale events.
"The opportunity this new large-scale space provides us to attract certain kinds of groups to the county in addition to sports teams is exponential," said Brenda Myers, President/CEO of Hamilton County Tourism. "We are already working with the Grand Park leadership to identify those targets and look forward to the opportunities."
The Grand Park Events Center is a public-private partnership between Holladay Properties and the City of Westfield and is expected to open in June of 2016. Holladay Construction Group, LLC is serving as the General Contractor and Holladay Properties is providing architecture and design services.