(Featured photo: Officials celebrate ribbon cutting of new Carencro Sports Complex)
The newly remodeled Carencro Sports Complex was officially unveiled on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Mayor Glenn Brasseaux, Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Tom Meyers, Carencro Business Association President Charlie Brunt, and other officials cut the ceremonial ribbon while children gleefully played Knockerball in the background.
Located at 3607 NW Evangeline Thruway, the complex is designed to host sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and Knockerball. The facility’s main feature is a large 70 yard Duraspine artificial turfed playing field in the center of the facility, which is designed to provide cushioning and protection upon falls. Plexiglass walls with nets connected to the ceiling protect guests from stray balls. The atmosphere is inviting with plenty of seating in the bleachers and picnic tables, a concession stand featuring Rotolo’s pizza, and arcade games.
Future plans for expansion include batting cages and more bleachers for spectators.
Charlie Brunt, president of the Carencro Business Association, pointed out that the facility may be used for band and football practice. The opportunities to use the facility for entertainment, sports events and other paid uses is expected to be a driver of new visitors to the city of Carencro and generate sales taxes for the city. It provides a much-needed family-friendly, indoor covered facility for the local region, and may be rented for 2 hours at $250 for private parties, or be reserved for team practices and tournaments.
The complex cost approximately $3.5 million to transform the former ice arena into to the sports venue, according to Meyers, which funding was generated through a one-third of a penny sales tax in Carencro allocated to Parks and Recreation.
If you’re not familiar with Knockerball, you should check it out! It is a growing craze in the U. S., already being a popular sport (known as “bubble soccer”) in Europe, Australia and Japan. Players don large inflatable balls and can knock each other down without experiencing any stress on the body. Mayor Brasseaux said that Knockerball has been a very popular game for birthday parties, and from watching the children run into each other with huge. It is hilarious to watch the kids running into each other and bobbing upside down! Safe and silly.
For more information see carencrosportscomplex.com or call 337-896-5000.
(Featured photo in article: Knockerball participants having a good time)