A major economic engine in Westfield is now able to hold events year-round. Grand Park Sports Campus is celebrating the official opening of its $20 million events center over the next three days. The facility will greatly boost the venue’s indoor sports offerings and allow it to attract non-sports events throughout the year. The facility includes three full-sized indoor soccer fields, office space and a Jonathan Byrd’s restaurant.
The three-day celebration includes a ribbon-cutting, indoor family festival, movie nights, a 5k run/walk and the Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball. Westfield Mayor Andy Cook says the festival "will help showcase the variety of uses that the Grand Park Events Center is capable of hosting."
The 400-acre campus has proven to be a huge attraction and economic asset for Westfield. Officials estimate more than 1.5 million players, family, friends and fans participate in or attend tournaments and events at Grand Park each year, with each spending an average of $163. An economic impact study by an Arizona company suggests the campus sparked nearly $44 million in visitor spending in 2014 and supported more than 900 jobs. Just a year later, Cook says that number grew to $97 million. He says more than half of the visitors come from outside Indiana.
Grand Park officially opened in June of 2014. It features 31 grass and synthetic sports fields and 26 baseball and softball diamonds. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball and volleyball facility opened in January.
Events over the next three days include:
Inflate-A-Fest from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday
Movie Nights: Thursday – "Wreck-it Ralph" (7pm) and "The Sandlot" (9pm), Friday – "Tangled" (7pm) and "Kicking & Screaming" (9pm)
Ribbon-Cutting on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
A Grand Run 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball Gala on Saturday evening