Indoor sports facility to open next month

Phase II is almost complete. 

Ruston’s Sports Complex, located at 2001 Champions Way, is almost ready for the opening of its indoor facility. 

“It’s got six basketball courts, which can be converted into eight volleyball courts, and we can have cheer competitions, dance competitions, dog shows, trade shows – it’s 67,000 square feet; we can have any kind of event down there,” said Ronny Walker, mayor of Ruston. “We can have a concert down there. And there’s a 4,000 square foot room for birthday parties or dances, things like that. It’s incredible.” 

Walker said he expects the facility to be officially open in October. 

“We’ll have open hours for anyone to come play, office space, locker rooms with showers, conference rooms,” Walker said, noting just some of the amenities of the Phase II facility. “The city of Ruston has never owned their own gym. This will be the first gym owned by the city.” 

Walker said the Bobby James Gymnasium was owned by the school board. 

The complex cost $12 million, and Walker said it was paid through a ten-year 1.75 percent hotel/restaurant tax. 

“We average between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors every weekend there,” Walker said. “Those people eat in restaurants, stay in hotels, go to shops downtown, and buy groceries if they stay two or three days. We had one tournament that was a six-day tournament with around 100 teams. It’s an incredible amount of business it brings.” 

This weekend, the complex will host USSSA Baseball and Ruston High School softball. Additionally, Ruston Parks and Recreation uses the facility for a variety of programs, including soccer, flag football, and tackle football this fall. 

The Sports Complex resides on 185 acres and boasts baseball, softball, tennis, football and soccer amenities, along with educational, walking and biking trails, all-encompassing playgrounds, pond and more. 

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