Legends Event Center — a multipurpose indoor family sports and entertainment facility — celebrated its grand opening with the community of Bryan, Texas, on December 10.
The event was kicked off with a formal welcome from Bryan Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker, as well as others who worked to make the project happen including former Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson, current Bryan Mayor Bobby Gutierrez and Sports Facilities Companies Chief Executive Officer Jason Clement.
The opening welcome was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Residents were treated to inflatable bounce houses, face paintings, balloon animals, free arcade play and catered meals. Attendees were also able to watch sports performances by Houston Skyline BCS Volleyball, Lone Star Lady Hoops and The Brazos Valley Pickleball Association. There also was an esports competition featuring Bryan High School and Rudder High School.
Legends Event Center features amenities such as 16 volleyball courts, eight basketball courts, an esports lounge, a gaming arena, a turf area and large meeting rooms. The venue hopes to help stimulate the economic development of Bryan and increase tourism by attracting local, regional, and national programming that includes major tournaments, competitions, and other special events.
“You got teams, you got participants, you got spectators, you got coaches,” said Destination Bryan Executive Director John Friebele. “They’re all going to come in, fill our hotels, fill our restaurants, spend those dollars within the community so we can drive the economic impact that tourism brings.”
Legends Event Center is owned by the city and managed by Sports Facilities Companies with sports industry professional Jamie Cox serving as general manager. It is the latest installment of the redevelopment of Travis Bryan Midtown Park, also featuring Travis Fields, Bombers Stadium, BigShots Golf Aggieland and D-BAT Aggieland.