Cary Community Recreation and Sports Center

Project Update

A Public Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2023 on this project. It will be at the Herb Young Community Center (101 Wilkinson Ave) from 4 to 7 p.m. as a open house. Please drop in as your schedule allows.

Overview

In 2018, Wake County completed the Destination Strategic Plan (DSP), which assessed the current sports facilities within the county and identified ways to strengthen the county’s competitive position as a sports tourism destination to host more large-scale sporting events and tournaments for the county. The plan found that a missing element of the countywide sports complex model is an indoor, multiuse sports facility that will balance with the county’s inventory of outdoor sports fields and venues. The DSP suggests the need to develop a sports complex to support countywide sports tourism and travel and to attain Wake county’s long-term goals.

In January 2020, Cary responded to Wake County’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Wake County Hospitality Tax Grant to help pay for the new multi-purpose indoor sports center. Cary was awarded $35 million in grant funding in 2020, however the grant has been delayed due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the funding source.

Project Concept

Cary completed the review process for hiring the design team for project in Spring 2022. The team lead by Davis Kane+Populous was selected. They have put forth a concept that is both exciting and visionary. The conceptual planning for the facility has begun. Completion of the concept design phase should take approximately one year to complete including public engagement. It is expected to take two years to create the final design & permitting in order to begin construction. Construction is anticipated to take two years to complete.

The purpose of the new facility will be to host new youth, collegiate, and amateur sporting events that would continue Cary’s track-record as a destination for sports tourism while also being able to serve as a community facility. Listed below are the facility programming options being considered:

  • Approximately 100,000 square feet of competition space
  • 12 full-sized basketball courts (convertible to 20 full-sized volleyball courts)
  • Capability of transforming portion of competition space into a 4,000-seat arena for championship games, e-gaming tournaments, and non-athletic performances
  • Approximately 25,000 square feet of multipurpose space for event support, tournament meetings, exhibit space, walkthroughs, etc.
  • Dedicated room/meeting space for esports practice with infrastructure to support esports technical requirements
  • Dedicated space for Seniors
  • A police district office
  • Full-sized team locker rooms with showers
  • Full-service restaurant
  • Commercial kitchen space for events and catering
  • Weight room/workout facilities
  • Elevated walking track
  • Ample storage space for all sports equipment and supplies
  • The facility will be located at South Hills Mall (1201 Buck Jones Road).

Public Engagement

Cary has a well-documented history of robust public engagement, and will be no exception for this project.

A Public Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2023 on this project. It will be at the Herb Young Community Center (101 Wilkinson Ave) from 4 to 7 p.m. as a open house. Please drop in as your schedule allows.

Email your name and contact information to TheCenter@townofcary.org with general questions.

Resources

Read the Wake County Destination Strategic Plan that lays out sports and other tourism needs as well as guides funding from the hotel occupancy tax.

Read Wake/Raleigh’s RFP

Read Cary’s response to the Raleigh/Wake RFP

Learn about the Cary Towne Center Redevelopment Project

*Courtesy of TownOfCary.org