August 2, 2014

New Century Fieldhouse could be open next year

New Century Fieldhouse – an 88,000 square foot warehouse at New Century AirCenter near Gardner, may be open as early as 2011, according to the Johnson County Park and Recreation Department.

The rec department will use part of the building as a multi-use sports court area including courts for basketball, volleyball and five-man indoor soccer.

Another section of the building will house a 100 by 200 foot turf field that can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse and other field sports. Plans for the building also include a 78-by-28 foot multipurpose room for programming and meeting space, a two story office area and concessions as well as four party rooms with an open viewing deck overlooking the facility.

Officials anticipate construction on the project will begin in mid-August and work will be completed as early as 2011.

The proposed name of the sports building – New Century Fieldhouse – is currently under consideration by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board. Under district naming policy, there is a 30-day public notice period during which citizens can submit written comments and suggestions about the facility’s name.

Patrons can submit comments at www.jcprd.com or by mail at Board Chair, JCPRD, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66219.

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