Sportsplex at Matthews

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Sportsplex at Matthews
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The stadium's East Stand
Address2425 Sports Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105
Coordinates35°06′43.8″N 80°42′0.7″W / 35.112167°N 80.700194°W / 35.112167; -80.700194Coordinates: 35°06′43.8″N 80°42′0.7″W / 35.112167°N 80.700194°W / 35.112167; -80.700194
OwnerMecklenburg County
Seating typeBenches
Capacity5,000 (stadium)
~750 (Field 10)
Construction
Broke ground2012 (park)
2015 (stadium)
Opened2015 (park)
2017 (stadium)
Expanded2018
Construction cost$32 million[1]
ArchitectWoolpert
General contractorJ.D. Goodrum
Tenants
Charlotte Independence (USLC) (2017–present) [2]
Charlotte Eagles (USL2) (2017–present)
Charlotte Lady Eagles (WPSL) (2019–present)
Stumptown Athletic (NISA) (2019–present)
Website
Sportsplex at Matthews

The Sportsplex at Matthews[3] is a large sports complex and park in Matthews, North Carolina, southeast of Charlotte, featuring 12 full-sized soccer fields anchored by a 2,300-seat stadium. The stadium currently seats 5,000 as it has been expanded using modular seating.

In 2018 bleacher seating was placed around Field 10 creating a smaller auxiliary stadium used by the Charlotte Independence as a training field and occasionally by the Charlotte Eagles and Lady Eagles for matches.

History[edit]

The idea of a sports complex along the outer-belt in Matthews was first proposed in the early 21st century with the official groundbreaking taking place on May 17, 2012 following years of delays due to the global 2007–2012 global financial crisis. Originally called the Matthews Sportsplex the name was changed during construction. Following a soft opening in 2015, the complex was completed in early 2017.

In August 2019 the stadium hosted the Charlotte Football Kickoff, a high school football double-header that had previously been played at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.

The Sportsplex will host the 2025 Men's & Women's NCAA Division II soccer championships with Wingate University acting as the host school.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "$32M Sportsplex Enters Final Construction Phase". Commercial Property Executive. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Independence Moving to Matthews". Charlotte Independence. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mecklenburg County Sportsplex". Meckleburg County Park and Rec. Retrieved June 19, 2017.