MIAMI-DADE, FL. — Former Miami Heat basketball star Glen Rice and former U.S. national women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis were present this Wednesday to unveil official plans for the new indoor Destination Sport Miami complex. The massive 820,000 square-foot multi-sport complex will be built across the road from TopGolf in downtown Miami.
Destination Sport Miami will sit on over 20 acres of land and will be the largest indoor multi-sport facility in not only the United States, but Canada and Mexico as well.
The complex will boast two National Hockey League ice rinks, a full National Football League sized turf field, an E-Sports arena, 18 National Basketball League sized courts, 36 volleyball courts, 11 tennis courts, a massive 15,000 square-foot gym, an Olympic sized swimming pool, a water therapy pool, an indoor surfing machine, multiple restaurants, and several gathering places.
With such a variety of activities, help running the facility was a crucial aspect of the project. Glen Rice will run the athletic programming for basketball, Jill Ellis will help run soccer, Livan Hernandez, former Miami Marlins baseball player, will run baseball, Randy Moss of the NFL will help run football, and Bryan Trottier, an NHL Hall of Famer, will help run ice hockey.
“When I saw the plans, I was blown away and had to be part of it,” Rice said. “I’ve always wanted to do things that make Miami better for kids and improve their skills.”
Ellis adds onto Rice’s statement and says, “from a soccer perspective, this will be a game changer because the Miami area is crying out for world-class facilities, not just for elite athlete but for our community, too.”
Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine-Cava says, “This facility will be emblematic of our entire county. People will be able to use it all year-round, no matter the weather conditions.”
Tru North Capital Partners out of Orlando is assisting in funding the complex, while Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jose Diaz has been leading the project for several years.
The complex is expected to open in 2023.