‘Topping Out’ celebration held for Kearney’s SportsPlex facility

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5 Apr 2024


KEARNEY — The City of Kearney held a “Topping Out” event on Thursday, April 4 for the Kearney SportsPlex, which is currently under construction on the south side of town along Interstate 80.

Lauren Brandt, SportsPlex Manager, said after the ceremony that her feelings were hard to put into words, but the event represented the culmination and continuation of dedication and effort that had been put into making the facility a reality.

A topping out or beam raising celebrate occurs when the final structural beam is raised into place, completing a building’s frame.

The SportsPlex is planned to be three times the size of the Ernst Grundy Tennis Center.

Located near Interstate 80, the 209,000 square foot facility will offer a year-round, climate-controlled site to play. The facility will feature the following:

Over 59,000 square feet of hardwood gymnasium space designed for 8 basketball courts with conversion to 12 volleyball courts, allowance for 20 plus wrestling mats, and spectator bleachers

More than 66,000 square feet of premium turf field customizable for multiple-sized soccer fields for all ages, three drop-down net batting cages, and various other turf sports

Four pickleball courts plus spectator seating, comprised of over 9,000 square feet, 24,000 plus square feet available for a three-lane, 300-meter, full corners, running/walking track.

The SportsPlex is anticipated to be completed late 2024 or early 2025.

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