October 2019: During nine-plus months of operation, the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex has seen close to 70,000 visitors and is nearing $250,000 in revenue, thanks large in part to supportive sponsors and a robust calendar since the Jan. 9 ribbon-cutting. The Sportsplex — which has become organically and affectionately known as the PB&J Plex — has welcomed an array of events, tournaments and leagues, helping to produce significant local economic impact. And with the addition of the new Holiday Inn & Suites, which is expected to open in January 2020, to the Sportsplex campus, the aforementioned numbers will only increase. Visit HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com for more information, and follow @HopSportsplex on the major social media platforms for daily updates.
November 2018: Programming scheduled to begin after ribbon cutting and projected construction completion in January.
October 2018: The Hopkinsville Sportsplex took another critical step forward in September when it announced the hiring of Hoptown native and longtime soccer coach Tony Henson as its Facilites Coordinator. Henson, who started Oct. 1, will primarily focus on developing, coordinating and conducting athletic events and maintaining athletic facilities at the brand new, 54,000-square foot Sportsplex. Henson will also supervise staff, assist in preparing and maintaining indoor athletic fields and surfaces, and oversee athletic programs with thorough scheduling and planning. During his involvement within the local soccer scene, Henson has built a lengthy resume. He has co-hosted the Kicker’s Klassic and Battle of the Border soccer tournaments as tourney director with the Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation Division, all while working to earn his national D-level coaching license.
In addition to currently acting as the head of soccer operations at Heritage Christian Academy — a role he’s held since 2011 — Henson has previously served as president of both the Ambush Soccer Association and Hopkinsville Soccer Association, run youth clinics and led the Hopkinsville Crew indoor team. A graduate of the 2004-05 Leadership Hopkinsville program, Henson has applied his knowledge and experience while serving as chairman of the Recreation Advisory Committee, as a member of the Hopkinsville Recovery Action Plan Committee and while assisting in the development and design of DeBow Park.
As for the physical progress of the building, the Sportsplex received its parking lot September 28 in the form of poured asphalt. Construction inside the building is moving at a strong pace as well, with the laying of playing surfaces, including the turf field, set for the first two weeks in October. Duct work, preparation for bathroom/kitchen fixtures and electrical components are close to completion. The Sportsplex, which also put out an RFP for the management and operation of the facility’s concessions stand, plans to announce the recipient in the coming weeks.September 2018: As school gets back in swing locally, we are studying our own lesson plans to make the Hopkinsville Sportsplex a top-class facility in western Kentucky. September will certainly be an important month in the process, as scheduled construction projects will bring the facility to life in a number of ways. In addition to paint, windows and fixtures inside, the outdoor portion is preparing for concrete curbs and the asphalt parking lot. The Sportsplex remains on track to be open in Fall 2018 and is beginning to place events on the calendar.
Additionally, the hiring process is in full throttle to bring on a full-time Recreation Facilities Coordinator — the person who will be responsible for managing the building and setting/maintaining the schedule for tournaments, events and programming, among other duties. The Sportsplex aims to have the Facilities Coordinator take the reins around Oct. 1, 2018. The person hired will work in tandem with Marketing/Events Coordinator Chris Jung to make the Sportsplex the premier indoor sports complex in the region while providing a first-class experience for all guests.
The best ways to get updates on the Hopkinsville Sportsplex are to follow all social media portals (Facebook went over 1,000 likes last month) and/or to sign up for the email list by visiting www.HopkinsvilleSportsplex.com.August 2018: As the structural elements continue to take shape, so too does the overall identity of the Hopkinsville Sportsplex, which unveiled its new logo on July 23, 2018. The logo, which clearly spells out the name of the facility, uses green and brown colors within “Sportsplex” to represent the turf and playing court options that will be available inside the brand new athletic complex.
The “T” in “Sportsplex” extends out to cover the entire word, mirroring the similar look made by the facility’s A-frame roof — currently being finalized by A&K Construction at 155 Tilley Way in Hopkinsville. Once completed, the Hopkinsville Sportsplex will work to become the premier destination in western Kentucky for visitors and guests related to sports tourism.
“We are excited to launch our logo as we ramp up the marketing of this new facility,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks. “We are also excited to help bring athletes and families from around this region to enjoy our new facility and help our economy.”
“Knowing that people will make perceptions about the Sportsplex brand when they see this logo, we took our time in searching and tweaking, until we got it right,” said Hopkinsville Sportsplex Marketing and Events Coordinator Chris Jung. “We wanted a design that looks sharp and clean — something that clearly reflects our purpose while boldly separating this facility from anything else out there.”
The Sportsplex will now begin the task of accordingly updating all collateral, apparel, machines, business cards, social media portals, etc. with the new logo. Be sure to follow @HopSportsplex on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates, including #FlyoverFriday, which displays weekly construction progress via aerial drone video footage.
July 2018: Despite treacherous conditions that slowed progress during the winter months, the Hopkinsville Sportsplex has hit its stride on the construction end and is quickly taking shape on Tiller Way. Once completed, with an estimated completion date of October 2018, the 54,000-square foot Sportsplex will become one of the region’s premier multipurpose facilities, while allowing Hopkinsville to tap into the $15 billion sports tourism industry. The Sportsplex recently hired its first staff member, as Chris Jung joins the team as the Marketing/Events Coordinator, working primarily to promote the facility and begin booking events, tournaments, leagues and more. Jung’s initial efforts have already spurred social media buzz and elevated awareness of the Sportsplex around the commonwealth. The Sportsplex will also soon seek candidates for the role of Building Supervisor.
Please follow Hopkinsville Sportsplex on Facebook (search “Hopkinsville Sportsplex”) and Twitter/Instagram (@HopSportsplex) for news, updates and photos.January 2018: Sportsplex website launched.
December 2017: City Council approved $5,568,510 in bond funding for project. Construction contract awarded to A&K Construction with work scheduled to begin after groundbreaking December 18.
October 2017: Project bid.
July-September 2017: Construction documents and plan review.
May-June 2017: Project design.
February 2017: City Council approved $4,608,000 for project.