June 16, 2017
Ribbon Cutting Held for New State-of-the-Art Facility in Hoover, Ala.
HOOVER, Ala., – The City of Hoover, Ala., held the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Finley Center, completing Phase I of the Hoover Metropolitan Complex project that started in January 2016.
The facility is named for Coach Bob Finley, a popular coach at Hoover’s W.A. Berry High School.
The 151,147-square-foot facility opened prior to the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament in May, and the Finley Center was the site of the new SEC Baseball FanFest.
The new center is an indoor events center and includes a walking track, a food court, flexible meeting space, a clip n’ climb, a performance center and a green area. The facility has 83,000 square feet of clear-span space which can be configured for basketball, volleyball, trade shows, banquets or theater with drop-down netting to divide space.
Construction of Phase II will include five NCAA regulation-size soccer/football/lacrosse fields that can be converted into 10 youth fields. Phase II will also include NCAA regulation-size baseball/softball fields, 16 tennis courts with a pro shop, a playground, a splash pad, and a large event lawn.
John Oros, president of the Greater Birmingham
Convention and Visitors Bureau said Finley Center will add new jobs in the
Hoover and Greater Birmingham Metro Area, and he said the Greater Birmingham
Metro Area including Hoover already employ more than 30,000 people in tourism
and hospitality fields. The facility is expected to bring 125 new jobs to the area.
Brian Jones, public relations officers for the Alabama Tourism Department said the facility is an economic driver that will not only introduce people to Hoover, but also to the State of Alabama and will have an annual economic impact of $33 million.
For more information on the G
reater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit birminghamal.org