Bridgeport Indoor Sports & Recreation Complex designs unveiled to community

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- The Bridgeport City Council meeting was unlike any normal meeting. This was because the drawings of a, much anticipated, project were officially unveiled to the public.

"We've been asked for the last two years, what's it going to look like? What color is it going to be? How big is it going to be? The whole goal of tonight was to go into the real details of the courts and the pool and the field house," said Andy Lang, Mayor of Bridgeport.

The Bridgeport Indoor Sports and Recreation Complex has been in the works for years and with the work of an engineering team the design is being brought to life.

Mayor Lang says the complex is not only for the City of Bridgeport, but for surrounding areas to come and enjoy.

"It may be named the Bridgeport Indoor Sports and Recreation Complex, but it's for North Central West Virginia," said Lang.

The complex will welcome people of all ages and its 'flexible' design will ensure that all types of activities can be done under one roof.

The 150,000 square foot building will include various amenities such as a pool, running track and field house. They also shared more plans for the future.

"The one thing the council decided, at the time, is that it would be better to acquire extra land, get it flattened out and really have something we can work with for the next 20 years," said Lang.

Something members of the community brought up was about the funding.

Lang says $40 million are borrowed for the complex and the remaining $15 million will come from the city's sales tax. This sales tax will go toward maintenance, repairs, engineering and more.

"We expect the revenue to go up in the future. We expect to have revenue from operations when we have tournaments and people coming to the facility. Those monies will be used to do other things with the facility," said Lang.

They expect the complex to be open by late fall of 2020.

The council also says the complex will employ 12 full-time employees and about 40 part-time employees.