OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Overland Park is set to welcome Bluhawk Sports Park, a new $400 million sports complex that will be the home of one of the area’s only regulation-sized skating rinks, in 2023.
Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas announced at the beginning of December that ground has been broken for a new, 250,000-square-foot multi-sport complex part of a 277-acre, mixed-use project.
“My administration is committed to making Kansas a place where people want to live, work, and start a business,” Kelly said. “The Bluhawk development project will greatly enhance the quality of life in Overland Park and the surrounding communities and will attract visitors, recreation-seekers, and sports enthusiasts from across the region to Kansas.”
Bluhawk Sports Facility will be built in two phases and will include a neighborhood shopping center, restaurants, and retail outlets in addition to the large complexes. The complex is estimated to bring in around $3.8 million in economic impact during the first year upon opening.
“Bluhawk will be a premier attraction for Overland Park and our state,” lieutenant governor and commerce secretary David Toland said. “This is a powerful example of how STAR Bonds are used to develop attractions that bring new visitors to Kansas and enhance the quality of life for residents.”
Kelly noted that Bluhawk Sports Park will be a premier complex in Kansas City and other regional sports hubs. She said the first phase will include four basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, an indoor turf fields for soccer, futsal, baseball, football, rugby, lacrosse, and indoor baseball training areas. Bluhawk Sports Park will also be the home of youth and adult amateur hockey leagues and public skating since offering one of the area’s only regulation-size ice rinks. Individual and team training for novice and professional athletes, fitness classes, wellness activities, sports medicine, functional training, nutrition, and physical therapy will also be offered at the center. The venue will also provide two on-site food and beverage offerings, family entertainment amenities, and esports.
The 250,000-square-foot first phase will host student and family events like graduations, state athletic competitions, and expos. The venue will also connect the community by serving schools, colleges, sporting associations, and businesses.