The Bay County Commission gave a unanimous approval for the construction of the first phase of the Panama City Beach Sports Park & Stadium Complex. The flexible, multipurpose design consists of thirteen fields: eight rectangular fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football and flag football, as well as five collegiate-sized baseball and softball fields. The first phase of the project builds on the variety of tournaments that Panama City Beach will be able to host and enhances the destination’s appeal as a year-round destination.
At build-out, the project, located on 210-acres on the east end of Panama City Beach within the Breakfast Point development, will consist of the outdoor field complex, an indoor sports center and a new elementary school. The combination of high quality visitor amenities, state-of-the-art amateur athletic facilities and creative site design, will set a new standard for sports complexes throughout the country.
“Today is an important today in the evolution of Panama City Beach,” said Bay County Tourist Development Council Chairman Andy Phillips. “By focusing on sports that the destination underserves at our existing facilities, the Panama City Beach Sports Park & Stadium Complex is certain to transform Panama City Beach as a sports-tourism destination.”
“Panama City Beach, known for world-class beaches, southern hospitality and just being a lot of fun, crossed an important milestone with the approval of its new sports park. We look forward to welcoming additional tournaments with athletes from across the country to compete and enjoy all that our destination has to offer,” shares Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe.
“This project would not have been possible without the assistance the Tourist Development Council (TDC) received from The St. Joe Company, Bay District Schools, Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Panama City Beach and the Bay County Commission,” said Phillip “Griff” Griffits, Bay County Commissioner and TDC member. “I wish to thank our partners and the entire community for their assistance in making the first phase of the park a reality.”