Aerial photo of development in November 2023 by Brandon Stevens

Moving Earth to Bring the Best of Sports to E&H and the Region

If you ever wanted to know how many people it takes to move 250,000 cubic yards of dirt, the answer would be 30. If you ever wanted to know how many people it will take to open the Food City Emory & Henry Multi-Sport Complex, the answer will be close to 100.

Posted December 15, 2023

Emory & Henry Project Manager Matt Bolick has been leading a team of contractors, including BurWil Construction, to break ground and develop the new facility.

Aerial photos of development in November 2023 by Brandon Stevens Aerial photos of development in November 2023 by Brandon StevensThis is no easy task. Among the 79 acres of property along the 1-81 corridor at Exit 26, only 32.26 were disturbed or repurposed for site development. Every ounce of the dirt stayed on site to make way for the new multi-purpose stadium and 300 parking spots.

Architects are working on the development of an entry, concessions, a scoreboard, restrooms, press box and locker rooms. Food City kicked off fundraising for the project with a $4 million naming gift.

The high-quality Mondo surface track, Mondotrack®, is designed to host the highest level of competition. Mondotrack® is the most technologically advanced track surface in the world and is designed to take human speeds to levels never previously reached. It was even used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. The exclusive technologies guarantee the perfect uniformity of elastic response over the entire surface, allowing athletes to achieve their personal bests.

“Since Mondotracks are unique, they are typically placed 250 miles from one another to be exclusive to a specific region,” said President John W. Wells. “We are making this investment for the athletes of E&H as well as those who will travel to our community for tournaments and competitions in the Southwest Virginia region. It will be a special opportunity for many of them to experience a track of this caliber.”

The complex is estimated to be completed by August 2024, and will be the home base for men’s and women’s track & field, lacrosse and soccer. The facility will be available to be rented for community tournaments and competitions to support Washington County’s economic growth, and expose new families to E&H and the beautiful outdoor region.

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