ST. LOUIS, MO – Chesterfield Sports Association along with some of the largest volleyball and basketball clubs in the St. Louis region and local sports complex developer, Mia Rose Holdings, are uniting to bring a state-of-the-art indoor volleyball and basketball complex to St. Louis. The Chesterfield Sportsplex, a multi-court, 97,000-square-foot sports facility has received zoning approval in Chesterfield Valley near St. Louis Premium Outlets on Eatherton Road. As the largest youth volleyball and basketball facility in St. Louis, The Chesterfield Sportsplex will attract an estimated 900,000 visitors each year to its clinics, camps, leagues and tournaments. More than 1,000 athletes will practice, train and play games there each week. The Chesterfield Sportsplex will break ground this Fall 2021 and the target opening is September 2022.
Chesterfield Sports Association (CSA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will own and operate The Chesterfield Sportsplex, which will fill a major need for court space in St. Louis. “This is much more than an athletic center, it is a “life” center and a place these young athletes can call “home” said Stuart Duncan, Director at Chesterfield Sports Association. “Along with giving young basketball and volleyball athletes a location to play their sports, our mission is to offer them a place to gain confidence, trust, self-esteem and good health.”
The Chesterfield Sportsplex's primary tenants and partners are:
“Missouri Phenom has a heavy focus on the development of youth both on the court and off. We pride ourselves on building character and leadership from the grassroots level. This facility will allow us to have a space to call our own and continue to grow not only the Phenom Family, but the community as well,” said Brittany Carter, Regional Coordinator at Missouri Phenom Basketball.
Nine (9) basketball courts will convert to eighteen (18) volleyball courts and be equipped with Olympic level flooring, professional grade LED lighting and HD/4K streaming cameras. Additional amenities include a fitness area; multipurpose rooms for team rooms, meetings, and classes; comfortable spectator seating courtside and from a second-floor mezzanine; lounge areas and concessions.
The Chesterfield Sportsplex will offer the full range of youth sport services and amenities to develop student athletes to meet their fullest potential. CSA plans to work with local organizations to offer community health and wellness programs and will partner with physical therapists and orthopedic specialists to assist with athletes’ conditioning and training.
“We have a rich sports history in St. Louis with great facilities for professional athletes, but we are one of the worst large cities for indoor youth facilities,” said Scott Mebruer, Club Director at High Performance – STL Volleyball Club. “This is the only facility in the St. Louis region that is going to be built from the ground up, meant and purposefully built for young athletes in these sports. Every other facility was something else, never with the purpose of it being for volleyball or basketball. The Chesterfield Sportsplex is going to be powerful in how it impacts many individuals beyond our sports clubs.”
While 80% of available court time will be used by the current primary partners, over 10,000 hours of court time is available per year. CSA is in talks with potential major university partners and other organizations to offer daytime programming. The Chesterfield Sportsplex is also seeking partners and donors who are dedicated to growing and supporting youth athletics in St. Louis in exchange for naming opportunities and other recognition. In addition to hosting volleyball and basketball clinics, camps, leagues and tournaments, the facility could be used for pickleball, futsal, wrestling, dance, cheer and other sports as space is available.
“The Chesterfield Sportsplex will be a center of recreation, community life and economic activity. St. Louis will finally get the world-class youth sporting facility it deserves,” said Tom Kaimain, Founding Principal of Mia Rose Holdings (MRH). “I am honored to be part of this amazing coalition of sporting organizations and to help bring this incredibly important vision to reality for Chesterfield and St. Louis.” In addition to multi-family and mixed-use developments, MRH has a strong niche developing and consulting for athletic facilities, including the Maryville University Hockey Center in Chesterfield Valley. This expertise grew out of Kaiman’s professional hockey career.
Most indoor basketball and volleyball facilities in St. Louis are operated by private and public schools and municipal governments. These facilities have significant limitations and liability concerns for hosting outside players and organizations, which has only increased during the coronavirus pandemic. None of the larger existing indoor court facilities was designed for volleyball and basketball, and many are 30 to 40 years old with failing infrastructure, poor ventilation systems, insufficient lighting, substandard flooring, insufficient seating and inadequate dimensions for safe and enjoyable play.
Due to the lack of safe and adequate facilities locally, local basketball and volleyball clubs currently must use multiple locations to meet their needs and tournament organizers turn to bigger venues in other Midwestern cities. In fact, Gateway Region Volleyball, the local chapter of USA Volleyball, has needed to move several large weekend events from local facilities to Cape Girardeau's new 12-court facility over two hours away.
“The lack of local and quality facilities creates unnecessary obstacles and lost opportunities for local tournament organizers and businesses, as well as for players and their families who must travel out of town to participate,” said Duncan. “The Chesterfield Sportsplex will alleviate that burden for athlete families.”
A major economic driver, The Chesterfield Sportsplex will generate jobs for coaches, referees, trainers, concession and maintenance workers ,and will bring local and out-of-town guests to the area to generate economic activity for local restaurants, hotels and retail establishments. CSA is purchasing land for potential future expansion.
For information about partnership opportunities, visit https://www.chesterfieldsports.com/
ABOUT CHESTERFIELD SPORTS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 2020, Chesterfield Sports Association (CSA) is a Chesterfield, MO-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed to give St. Louis youth the opportunity to grow, develop, and reach their highest potential as an athlete, student and individual. Stuart Duncan formed CSA after more than 20 years as a volunteer coach, tournament director, and board member for various local sports organizations. His passion for youth sports and development drives his mission for The Chesterfield Sportsplex.
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