In December of 2021 the Fargo Park District unveiled its plans for the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and announced the support of the project’s current 11 community partners. This multipurpose community recreation facility will accommodate nearly any indoor sports, activities, tournaments and special events. This facility is expected to attract over 600,000 visitors annually and hold 45 plus community events and sports tournaments a year.
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Once opened, the 100 acre Fargo Sports Complex, will address a critically unmet need for indoor recreation facilities available in the Fargo community. The project includes 1 full size indoor soccer turf field, 4 full sized basketball courts, administrative offices, multipurpose community space and an indoor walking track.
As a highly impactful community recreation facility, the Fargo Sports Complex provides a host of Community Benefits including:
- Addresses Critical Need – Comprehensive study identified Fargo’s needs for indoor community recreation complex.
- Community Wellness – Provide community space for a more active and healthier Fargo.
- Multipurpose – Forward thinking design to accommodate recreation and community activities, classes and events while serving all ages, interests and backgrounds.
- Accessibility – Provide year-round public access for Fargo residents and visitors for sports and community events.
- Memorable Destination – State of the art community facility and a regional destination unlike any other of its kind.
- Economic Driver – This facility will attract visitors from across the Midwest with its capacity to host large tournaments and events, bringing a positive economic impact to local businesses.
New for this year’s Sports Banquet was the decision by Rochester Sports to move to a online, easy to use auction you can bid, track and get outbid notices right from your phone. There are many new and exciting auction items this season with 100%of all money spent going to the Grant Program for Rochester Sports Foundation – who’s sole goal is to work to enhance area facilities to better offer athletic and recreational opportunities to our area athletes! Please bid and help the cause.
The Rochester Sports Foundation would like to thank Mayo Clinic for the recent grant it awarded the organization. Mayo Clinic has a long history of supporting local area non-profits. The Sports Foundation is honored to be included with these area organizations that work to increase the quality of life in the community. Again, we share great appreciation for Mayo Clinic and all they for those in the Rochester area through their community giving.
The July Rochester Sports Foundation (RSF) Board of Director’s meeting was held with members of the RSF Advisory Committee. Current projects from other cities were reviewed and discussed as to their layout, cost and funding. A recent site visit to TBK Bank Sports Complex in Quad Cities and Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa, were shared along with project backgrounds. Research on all new sports developments from the six-state Midwest (Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska) were reviewed and discussed. (see link to view PowerPoint)
There was also discussion regarding the local projects RSF is currently involved with and some direction given on where to focus our immediate effort. Information on these projects will be shared with the public once the developers give the okay. Watch this site for future updates!
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If you are viewing this article you are new to this site. You have to be – it was just launched on March 6th, 2021! The primary objective of Rochester Sports Foundation is to promote sports facility development investment in the Rochester, Minnesota area. To better acquaint you with the organization – let me share a few details. Each of these items will be explained with more detail on our website in the coming months:
One, the Rochester Sports Foundation (RSF) was created from the leadership of Rochester Sports (formally the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission). Rochester Sports has long been a leader in attracting amateur sporting events for the economic good of our community.
Two, RSF primary and only focus is on sports facility development through private investment and public/private partnerships. Visions and opportunities of facility development will be worked on and shared with the community via this site. There are several plans and ideas in the pipeline now.
Three, quality sports facilities not only attract youth sports tournaments but also improve quality of life for the Rochester community. Today’s families are very active – creating a need for places to play and exercise. Active sports are healthy and socially valuable. Kids and adults of all ages are more active than ever. Having quality sports facilities is a valuable resource for a strong community.
Four, don’t confuse the RSF with the Parks Department Foundation. The Parks Foundation focuses on parks, pools, nature center, paths and so on for the community. RSF has a mission to “Lead efforts in the planning and developing of future community facility needs by utilizing local input and resources to attain outcomes determined by RSF leadership”. Simply put – we focus on sports facility development!
Five, Rochester has over seven thousand hotel rooms mostly used by Mayo Clinic visitors mostly during weekdays – leaving a great selection on quality options for sports visitors. Helping fill the hotels on weekends generates business and revenue for all local retail businesses. Over the past ten years sports events of all kinds have generated an average of approximately $25M in economic spending annually.
Sports Foundations are not common across the U.S. . . . yet! But in 1992, when the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission was formed, there were 12 sports commissions in the entire country- that has grown to 675 by 2014 and continues to grow. Leadership is challenging – but this group believes with the right people involved we will see progress and success!