Legacy Sports to invest $350 million in Murfreesboro with new facility – Daily News Journal

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The city of Murfreesboro announced on Thursday that Legacy Sports Tennessee will construct a multi-use sports and entertainment facility that will bring jobs and ongoing tourism dollars.
Legacy Sports Tennessee is slated to open in 2024, said Chad Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports USA, said at the afternoon announcement at City Hall.
The $350 million corporate investment in Murfreesboro will provide approximately 1,000 jobs on a development of 260 acres, on the site also known as Hord farm, adjacent to Interstate 840 and runs along Northwest Broad Street and Old Nashville Highway.
“We felt welcomed here,” said Miller, whose company is opening a similar sports and entertainment facility — Bell Bank Park — in Mesa, Arizona, in January 2022. “We thought this is the place we wanted to actually pick up and plant our next Legacy Sports project.”
The state-of-the art venue in Murfreesboro would be one of the largest in North America, bringing 1 million square feet for recreational and professional sports, performance venues, shopping, fitness and gaming centers.
There will be space for baseball, basketball, cheer, dance, e-sports, family fitness, football, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, obstacle course racing, pickleball, soccer, softball, volleyball and youth camps.
Legacy Sports Tennessee will also feature a 6,000-seat arena, an outdoor amphitheater, a fitness center, multi-use gaming and arcade facility, e-sports gaming center, and retail and dining options.
The complex will drive hundreds of millions of dollars and create hundreds of jobs in Rutherford County, according to Mark Ezell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourism.
Ezell said Rutherford County is the seventh highest tourism driver in Tennessee. He estimated that tourism dollars like the venue save Rutherford County taxpayers approximately $350 dollars a year.
The project is more than just a sports complex to the landowners, it’s a true legacy, said Betty Hord, who was present during the city announcement on Thursday.
The acreage being sold to Legacy Sports is divided into two tracts of four, owned by Betty Hord and her late husband, Tommy Hord, and his sister, Mary Young Haymore. The land is part of a working century farm that has been in the family for over 250 years and five generations.
Betty Hord said her husband “just couldn’t part” with the land and still worked the land until three years before his death in 2020. He knew she’d need to sell it one day, she said but they both wanted to be discerning about who bought it.
Legacy Sports Tennessee suited the criteria, she said.
“It’s not going to be covered with houses or condominiums or a factory,” Hord said. “That really appealed to me and I feel like it would have appealed to Tommy, too.
“So I felt like this what was I needed to do.”
The legacy is not lost on the Miller family.
“This is truly impactful to us. This is much more than just a park to us. This is a family business,” said Miller, whose father, Randy J. Miller, envisioned the concept 30 years ago. “I don’t think anybody shares the true meaning of family legacy as well as the Hord family.”
Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at degennaro@dnj.com. 

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