Sportsplex Reaches Attendance Milestone
Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Sportsplex Hopkinsville Reaches Milestone
Region’s premier indoor sports facility surpasses 50,000 visitors in just over four months
On the heels of its largest tournament to date, Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Sportsplex Hopkinsville announced Wednesday that it has already met and surpassed a significant attendance milestone.
Following this past weekend’s 2nd Annual Rising Stars Challenge — a travel basketball event put on by Clarksville Crossovers, LLC, which drew over 3,000 people and 53 teams from six different states — the Sportsplex has now welcomed over 50,000 visitors to its facility.
It took just over four months to reach the mark at the Sportsplex, which celebrated its Ribbon Cutting back on Jan. 9.
Large non-sporting events like International Festival (3,000 attendees) and Hopkinsville High School Prom (625) certainly boosted the overall attendance, but it’s been a steady stream of various athletic leagues, tournaments and programming that have been the cornerstones of the facility’s early success.
"We have worked hard to create and offer fun, affordable, legitimate opportunities inside our building, and are very proud of the diverse list of events that have already taken place under our roof," said Sportsplex Facility Coordinator Tony Henson. "Our team is constantly working to secure partnerships with organizations and individuals who can help us continue the trend of successful ventures, no matter the sport or target demographic.”
Among the largest visitor-inducing events, which include the participants themselves, are the Sportsplex Indoor Soccer League, Volleyball Academy of the Pennyrile tournaments/practices, YMCA Futsal League games/practices and the introduction of a popular Youth Volleyball Program, which gives local high school student-athletes the opportunity to coach and mentor players who range from kindergarten to eighth grade.
The Sportsplex has also sold 665 Day Passes and 123 of the $30 Annual Passes, which grant purchasers yearlong access to the facility during designated Open Gym and Open Turf times, seven days a week. Earlier this month, the Sportsplex unveiled a naming rights sponsorship that includes a co-partnership with Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health. That five-year agreement will ultimately help Hoptown’s hottest venue continue to attract tournaments and visitors from around the region and even the Commonwealth.
“While we want to be a viable and attractive option for our local residents during the week,” said Sportsplex Marketing & Events Coordinator Chris Jung, “we also know that an important measuring stick will be the number of tourism dollars that the Sportsplex generates for our local community, so we also that aspect very seriously.”
The Sportsplex is currently offering four different camps for the upcoming summer, and has booked nearly a half-dozen more basketball events in June and July. Additional information on summer camp opportunities is available at www.hopkinsvillesportsplex.com/camps.
For information on how to purchase Annual Passes, make reservations for future Cage Nights or obtain a Sportsplex sponsorship, interested parties can call 270-985-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville
Expected to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville is western Kentucky’s premier indoor sports facility. Officially opened in January 2019, the state-of-the-art Sportsplex features 54,000 square feet of climate-controlled, multipurpose space that can be used for an array of competitive leagues, regional/statewide tournaments, recreational opportunities and events, in addition to birthday parties, meetings, gatherings and an array of concession options at Game Day Cafe. With top-notch facilities and an accommodating staff, Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville offers community programming, generates sports tourism dollars and provides first-class experiences to all guests. For additional information, visit www.HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com.