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SportsPlex Celebrates Stadium, Facility and Community Collaboration at Grand Opening

The Charlotte Independence played the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday during the grand opening of the $32 million SportsPlex at Matthews, which was designed by Woolpert.

The $32 million SportsPlex at Matthews celebrated the grand opening of its stadium and the completion of its main infrastructure Saturday by hosting a live band, a VIP reception and an inaugural home victory by its United Soccer League (USL) team, the Charlotte Independence, in front of a sold-out crowd.

The venue, at 2425 Sports Parkway in Matthews, has been more than a decade in the making. Mecklenburg County hired Woolpert—a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm—in the mid-2000s to plan and design the SportsPlex at Matthews.

“The community requested a tournament-caliber athletics facility for a variety of local sports and events,” said Andrew Pack, Woolpert’s Sports and Recreation Market Leader. “The desire was to meet the needs of the community first, with their quality of life at the forefront, and then consider the possibilities of a regional facility of this scope.”

Woolpert conducted public meetings to gather input and support from the community and multiple municipal officials, noting considerations from tourism to the urban ecosystem to profitability to community impact before plans were made and ground was broken.

Based on this information, the SportsPlex at Matthews was constructed to include a 2,700-seat championship/tournament stadium venue that will be expanded to 4,000 seats, 12 lighted and irrigated sports fields, nine synthetic fields, two grass fields, a premier grass field, restroom buildings, shelters, trails, a playground and a two-story fieldhouse.

The fieldhouse has office space, a referee locker room,…

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