La. lieutenant governor attends ribbon cutting at massive new sports complex in Ruston
RUSTON, La. (KSLA) - The City of Ruston cut the ribbon Tuesday, Jan. 25 on a new sports facility.
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser joined Mayor Ronny Walker for the celebration Tuesday afternoon at the Ruston Sports Complex - Indoor Facility, 2001 Champions Way.
The 185-acre complex initially was built with the hope of giving residents an enjoyable and versatile place for young people to develop competitive sports skills and healthy life habits.
“We’re so excited for not only our citizens but especially the young people of our city that can come and play in here. This is for all ages. We have teams playing volleyball, pickleball basketball, we can do for the first time ever in our city we can do we have a place we can now host trade shows,” Walker said.
Leaders said the complex will have an economic impact.
“It fills hotels all the way to Shreveport, Monroe and we’ll continue to see more hotels and more businesses grow. A facility like this, you build it they will come,” Nungesser said.
“On the weekends in turns from being a locally only basically to event center to all of a sudden bringing teams in and they come in and stay in the hotels, they eat in the restaurants and shop in our shop,” Walker said.
City officials say the complex was solely funded by taxpayer money after a citywide vote; no outside grants were used. The complex has a projected economic impact of $1.2 billion over the next 20 years.
INDOOR FACILITY DETAILS
- 62,470 square feet
- 6 multi-use courts (ready to host 6 basketball games, 8 volleyball games, 15 pickleball games, 6 soccer games and a variety of other events)
- 4,000-square-foot multipurpose room
- State-of-the-art concession area
- Work stations
OUTDOOR FACILITY DETAILS
- 15 full turf multi-use fields
- 9 tennis courts
- 3 grass soccer/football fields
- 7 grass baseball/softball fields
- 3 playgrounds
- 6-acre pond
- Walking trail
- Ample parking
- RV hookups
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