After kicking off with what promises to be an explosive high school football matchup between Osceola High and Dr. Phillips, managers at the newly expanded Austin Tindall Sports Complex plan to host an open house the following day, Saturday Aug. 18.
The event will allow user groups to get a close-up look at the new facilities – from event planners, to sports leagues, to individual players.
Beginning at 10 a.m., scheduled activities include a Q&A with facility managers and clinics for soccer, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, as well as a lacrosse exhibition. There also will be inflatables and displays from Fire/EMS and the Sheriff’s Office. (Note: the schedule is subject to change.)
“Building an open house into the schedule after Friday’s ‘Kickoff Classic’ is a good way to re-introduce the facility to the community,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. “The renovations to Austin Tindall increase the ability to host important sports events, while maintaining a level of service for members of our community, who also rely on this facility for sports competitions of all sorts.”
The 100-acre complex recently completed a $10.7 million expansion and improvement project. Tourist Development Tax funds were used to add five full-sized playing fields, along with a new entrance that will help with the flow of traffic on Boggy Creek Road during events.
The linchpin of the project is a Championship Soccer Stadium with 1,500 bleacher seats and room for approximately another 1,500 seats. The stadium is being used for Friday’s Dr. Phillips-Osceola High football game, which is a region semifinal rematch between Class 8A state champion Dr. Phillips and the Kowboys.
A new concession building, paved areas for vehicles and marquee signage were also part of the project.
Originally constructed in 1993, the 100-acre complex was the practice facility for the 1994 Moroccan World Cup and the 1996 Japanese Olympic Soccer Teams. In addition to soccer, Austin-Tindall hosts a variety of events with more than 30,000 athletes annually playing rugby, football, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, ultimate Frisbee and more at the facility off Boggy Creek Road.