May 19, 2017 in Community, and Projects

Finley Center to open for SEC Baseball Tournament’s first-ever FanFest

Hoover, Ala. – The City of Hoover’s new 155,000-square-foot indoor events center will open its doors for the first time for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament on May 23-28. The tournament will feature its first ever FanFest at the newly-constructed Finley Center adjacent to the Hoover Metropolitan Complex where the baseball games will be played.

The indoor facility is the first phase of the $76 million Hoover Sports & Events Complex, designed by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC), with Brasfield & Gorrie as the construction manager.

“This project will be a major economic driver for the city and will provide new opportunities for the community for years to come,” Yann Cowart, GMC Sports Vice President, said. “GMC is proud to be a part of this momentous project, which highlights our firm’s growing emphasis and leadership in sports-related design.”

Finley Center features 11 regulation-size basketball courts, 17 regulation-size volleyball courts, a climbing attraction, walking track, locker rooms, food court, convenience store, performance center and flexible meeting rooms. Designed to serve multiple uses, the events center can accommodate a variety of functions and sporting activities, including trade shows for 300 booths, banquet seating for 2,400 and theatre-style seating for 5,000. Drop-down netting also provides the option to divide spacing within the center allowing multiple activities to take place simultaneously.

Hoover Finley Center Rendering Exterior 3 GMC web

Construction is now underway on the outdoor portion of the complex, which will feature five NCAA regulation-size soccer/football/lacrosse fields, five NCAA regulation-size baseball/softball fields, 16 tennis courts with pro shop, two-mile walking track, playground, splash pad and a large event lawn. The existing RV park will be expanded from 149 to 172 spaces with full hook-ups, and additional parking will provide approximately 5,000 spaces on-site. This second phase of construction is slated for completion in early 2018.

GMC is providing architecture, interior design, civil engineering, construction materials testing and environmental engineering services for the project.