|Free public grand opening for New Century Fieldhouse is June 11|
The opening day festivities will include a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and a variety of sports activities. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., coaches will be teaching soccer and volleyball skills and running drills. Throughout the day, former Kansas City Chief and 1999 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Mark Simoneau will be demonstrating speed and agility drills designed to maximize the athletic performance of young athletes.
A “JCPRD Fair” is also planned for New Century’s multipurpose room and will feature representatives of different program areas offering introductory activities and information.
“The public can come in and not only see and enjoy this fantastic new facility, but learn about everything that JCPRD has to offer, whether it be at New Century, one of our Early Childhood Development Centers, or wherever it is,” said Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller.
The structure housing the New Century Fieldhouse was acquired by the JCPRD in early 2010. One side of the 88,000-square foot building has been designated as a multiuse sports area with courts for basketball, volleyball and futsal, a five-man indoor soccer game. On the other side of the building is a 100-by-190-foot artificial turf field which can be used for soccer, football, and other field sports.
In addition to sports opportunities, the facility will also provide programming for all ages and a multitude of interests that range from fitness and health to arts and crafts, and walking clubs to preschool enrichment.
The facility’s design includes an interior two-story space at the center of the building. Offices and the large multi-purpose room with audiovisual capabilities are located on the first floor. Four party rooms and a lounge area on the second floor offer views of the courts and fields. Concessions and restrooms are located on both levels for added convenience.
The facility was designed and constructed with the goal of attaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The DLR Group of Overland Park is the Architect of Record for the project, and Straub Construction is the general contractor.