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☷ Murfreesboro Tennessee - City Council approves Legacy Sports  and Entertainment zoning request on first reading

☷ Murfreesboro Tennessee - City Council approves Legacy Sports and Entertainment zoning request on first reading

Murfreesboro , state Tennessee
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   The Murfreesboro City Council voted Thursday , April 7 , on first reading to approve the plan of services , annexation and zoning requests for the proposed Legacy Sports and Entertainment Park . The vote followed a public hearing . The property is being sold by members of the Hord and Haymore families , descendants of the Benjamin Hord family that has owned the property for over 180 years . The property is being zoned Commercial Highway ( CH ) and Gateway Design Overlay ( GDO - 1 ) for the new development . The zoning allows for construction of the proposed sports complex , which is classified as a commercial outdoor amusement use .  
    
   GDO - 1 zoning is intended to ensure high quality design and site planning for the property and help regulate the uses . The development is expected to add to Murfreesboro’s already strong reputation as a sports and recreation destination .  
    
   The $350 million , 258 . 8 - acre park , to be developed along the east side of Northwest Broad Steet near I - 840 and the Stones River , will feature multiple recreational and professional sports facilities , a fitness and wellness center , 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 .  
    
   “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 . ”  
    
   An economic impact analysis conducted by CH Johnson Consulting for Legacy Sports projects over 5 million annual visitors and over $350 million of direct economic impact by the fifth year of operation . In providing these estimates , Johnson analyzed the early attendance numbers and future reservations and bookings at Legacy Sports operation , Bell Bank Park in Mesa Arizona , as well as attendance and utilization of similar sports and entertainment venues nationwide .  
    
   Legacy Sports , a prominent national sports and entertainment facility development company , announced in the City Hall Rotunda
    
   Dec . 9 , 2021 , that Murfreesboro had been selected for the state - of - the - art indoor and outdoor complex . Legacy Sports USA opened a similar venture in Mesa , Arizona in January and hopes to break ground on the Middle Tennessee complex in 2022 with a potential grand opening in 2024 .          
    
   Legacy Sports CEO
   Chad Miller
   has said , “After visiting numerous locations , Legacy Sports Tennessee found a home in Murfreesboro , an ideal location with visionary leadership and growth . The complex will provide facilities and fields for youth sports leagues and camps with anticipated tournaments on weekends . ” 
    
   “The Legacy Sports Tennessee development will be one of the premier tourist attractions in Tennessee . It is anticipated that substantial commercial development and job opportunities will be associated with this project , ” said City Manager
   Craig Tindall .
   “The Legacy group has assembled a superior development and management team . Its facilities offer athletic and entertainment experiences that both participants and spectators will find nowhere else . Located in the very heart of Tennessee , Legacy Sports in Murfreesboro will be a major draw for visitors across the US and internationally while also providing a world - class venue for local and Middle Tennessee athletes . ”  
    
   “We look forward to being a part of this community , ” added
   Miller
    . “We want the City of Murfreesboro and area neighborhoods to feel like this is your development as much as ours . ”   
    
   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 , and recreational sports with leagues , camps and tournaments of US Soccer , US Baseball , AAU basketball , TSSAA expected to utilize the facilities .  
    
   The Murfreesboro
   Planning Commission
   voted 6 - 0 Feb . 2 , 2022 , to recommend approval for the annexation and zoning requests for the new Legacy Sports USA and Entertainment Park . The unanimous votes followed public hearings on the 258 . 8 - acre property .  
    
   Miller and Legacy Sports consultant Russell Riebeling answered questions from homeowners living in nearby subdivisions about the future athletic and entertainment development during a
   Public Neighborhood Meeting
    , Jan . 18 , 2022 , at New Vision Baptist Church on North Thompson Lane . The Murfreesboro Planning Department and the applicant held the neighborhood meeting to give the applicant , neighbors , and businesses in the area the opportunity to review and discuss the request prior to review by the Planning Commission .  
   SEC Inc . Engineer Matt Taylor , who represented the applicant during the planning process , told residents of subdivisions near the development that a planned arena will be oriented away from the surrounding residential areas and toward Northwest Broad Street .  
    
   Attorney Bricke Murfree , who helped the Hord family finalize the property sale , was in favor of the zoning application at the Feb . 2 , 2022 , public hearing before the Planning Commission and the April 7 , 2022 , public hearing before Council . Bricke expressed optimism over the proposed development for the Murfreesboro community and the planning regulations the City plans to uphold pertaining to lighting , noise , traffic and drainage .  
    
   The applicant will still be required to present a Site Plan for review before the Murfreesboro Planning Commission consistent with City Code pertaining to GDO - 1 standards , including lighting , noise , signage , and drainage .   
    
   For more information on Bell Bank Park in Mesa and Legacy Sports USA , visit
   www . BellBankPark . com
   and
   www . LegacySportsUSA . com
    .
    
   For City News online , visit
    
   www . Murfreesborotn . gov
    .  
    
   

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