By Matt Swenson
A new year means new sports venues for planners to consider placing their events. In 2017, there's something for everyone, whether you specialize in field or indoor sports and regardless of which section of the country you're interested in. Behold, 17 venues for you to know in 2017.
North Houston Bike Park
North Houston Bike Park will only add to Houston's expertise in extreme sports. The 20-acre venue will include an elite BMX track that will host UCI's World Championships in 2017. The facility, on track for a fall start date, will be adjacent to the acclaimed North Houston Skate Park.
Orange County Great Park
Where: Irvine, Calif.
The beginning stages of 194-acre sports complex is scheduled to arrive in 2017. Among the facilities included will be five beach volleyball courts, six soccer fields and 24 tennis courts. More than 80 fields for baseball, softball, rugby, cricket and lacrosse, as well as a 270,000-sq.-ft. ice facility are scheduled to be online by the 2018 grand opening.
The new home of the Braves moves the team from the old Olympic stadium downtown to Cobb County, generating $235 million for the Atlanta suburb. In addition to the stadium, The Battery Atlanta will include 400,000 square feet of retail and office space.
Where: Green Bay, Wis.
The Packers finalized plans in 2016 for the first phase of Titletown District outside of Lambeau Field. Among the highlights: a 45-ft.-high sledding hill and skating area, a multipurpose artificial turf field and a Lodge Kohler (a four-diamond hotel). The hope is for everything to be ready before Green Bay kicks off a new season in September.
Worcester Sports Center
Where: Worcester, Mass.
What was an empty eyesore will transform into a vibrant home of college, youth and amateur hockey events come August. Groundbreaking was last year for the $18 million Worcester Sports Center, the latest example of a community using a sports venue to rebuild a downtown.