‘Mega sports complex’ planned in Bermuda Run

Published 9:28 am Thursday, January 11, 2018

Plans for a 120,000 square foot indoor athletic space in Bermuda Run were unveiled before county commissioners last week, who approved a sewer allocation for the proposed facility.

Jessica Barber and Adam Barber, with partner Jason Tutterow, are planning Carolina Athletic Performance, which could be the largest private such center in the eastern United States.

“We want to create a premier destination for travel sports,” she told commissioners. “We want to turn this into a huge sports destination facility.”

They are purchasing 22 acres from Twin City Youth Sports, and plan to have entrances from there and Yadkin Valley Road, as well as an emergency entrance from Kinderton, Barber said. All are pending approval of the Bermuda Run project review committee.

The facility will include eight full-size, indoor basketball courts, which can be converted into 16 volleyball courts. There will be space for physical therapy, batting cages, 60 yards of open turf, a 30-foot ceiling clearance, 30 yards of field capability, nine meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot multi-purpose room, and 10,000 square feet for a rehabilitation facility, a “collegiate-level training facility,” she said.

They are working with Fuller Architecture and Landmark Builders, and hope to break ground this spring and open in the fall. The “mega sports facility,” as Barber called it, could likely attract visitors from several states. They’ll need restaurants, hotels and family activities, she said.

It will include an on-site food court and can accommodate more than 10 indoor sports, she said.

She presented the economic impact of three other similar, but smaller, facilities, in Round Rock, Texas, Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. All surpassed economic impact goals, she told commissioners.

Commissioner Mark Jones said that the economic impact of such tournaments could amount to $200-$300 per player per day.

Barber said the facility, along with the adjacent soccer park, could turn the area into a prime destination for sports, fitness, wellness and medical services. Including rehab could open the area to more medical services.