BB&T Sports Park announces plan for 3 new fields as part of $6.9M expansion
18 April 2017
Twin City Soccer announced a name change Monday and a kickoff to the public phase of a $6.9 million, "Twins Impact" capital campaign of improvements and expansion for BB&T Sports Park in Bermuda Run, including the construction of three new artificial turf fields.
The nonprofit organization, which plans to serve as a site for lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee and cross country, will now be known as Twin City Sports Association, according to executive director Scott Wollaston.
In a four-phase project, TCSA hopes to build facilities capable of playing host to larger events. According to the organization, it already serves as host to around 250,000 visitors per year with an annual economic impact estimated at $16 million. The park is just west of the Yadkin River in Davie County.
Winston-Salem has attempted to build a downtown stadium with hopes of attracting a Major League Soccer team, but an MLS team was not listed as a reason for the Sports Park expansion.
Wollaston said Twin City Sports has $3.7 million in commitments to the campaign, including a naming rights renewal as BB&T Sports Park, since the initial silent phase of the Twins Impact campaign began in August.
The first phases of improvements, expected to break ground late this summer, include the purchase of 28 acres of land adjacent to the facility for the new lighted fields.
“Right now, a large number of families come to our fields, but the fields can only be used for play and training about 30 weeks of the year,” Wollaston said. “In addition to the new fields, Phase I will include the creation of beautiful, multi-use running trails on the newly acquired land. We also will spruce up our existing trails and add signage that makes them much easier to navigate.”
Wollaston said Phase II would include stadium enhancements, including a press box, covered seats and locker rooms. The goal for the second phase is to attract larger events.
Phases III and IV would include lower level restrooms, field house enhancements including a possible coffee shop, restaurant, workout and rehabilitation space, more parking and an additional grass field. The four phases are part of a 10-year vision adopted by the Twin City Sports board of directors in 2015.