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$50m Henrico sports facility to open next year

September 27, 2022

Henrico announces new sports facility

Henrico County officials on Monday unveiled a first look at the 185,000-square-foot Henrico Sports and Events Center, set to open late next year. The first indoor sports center of its size in the region, the facility will be a key tool in the county’s push to become a leader in sports tourism.

Still early in the construction process, crews started putting up walls last week and lifted side panels into place on Monday afternoon.

The indoor sports and events facility at Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen will have 115,000 square feet of event space that can accommodate 12 basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts — switched by the tap of a button.

The $50 million facility at 11000 Telegraph Road in Henrico will not only be of use to youth in the community for sports games, but will also drive tourism from big-ticket weekend events, said Dan Schmitt, the Brookland District representative on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

“We’re able to [lower taxes] for our residents because we’ve opened up these other facets of revenue generation,” Schmitt said in an interview. “If we can continue to attract large numbers of people to visit our region, spending their money in hotels and restaurants, utilizing amazing facilities like this — and this is what attracts them — when they leave, they’re leaving their dollars here with us.”

Last year, the 160 tournaments hosted by the county generated nearly $60 million in economic activity, according to county officials.

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