Broken Arrow Opens Challenger Sports Complex
Broken Arrow’s new Challenger Sports Complex at 3201 S. 41st St. is open and Men’s, Coed, Church, Ladies and Senior League softball competition is underway.
“The recreational sport of slow-pitch softball continues to grow, and now B.A. has two of the premier places to play in the region – Challenger and Indian Springs complexes,” noted City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “The new Challenger complex, combined with Indian Springs, will serve as an economic driver, especially on weekends, as teams from around the area and Midwest travel to B.A. to play and, while doing so, frequent many of our businesses and hotels,” Spurgeon added.
Challenger, built with voter-approved 2014 and 2018 General Obligation Bonds, features four competition-grade adult softball fields with synthetic turf, warning tracks, and Bermuda outfields. The jewel of the complex is a Miracle Field designed for adaptive use comprised of all synthetic turf surfaces to serve people with physical or mental disabilities that would normally exclude them from conventional sports.
The facility has sidewalks connecting all of the fields to a parking facility, complete with 193 parking stalls and six handicap spaces.
Each field has its own masonry backstop and nylon mesh netting with Home and Visitors matching dugouts. A concession building also has men’s and women’s bathrooms, an umpire’s breakroom, management offices, and a dining area.
Cost of the 20-acre facility was $6,968,539, and Builders Unlimited, Inc. served as contractor on the project.