Fargo, North Dakota prepares to change the game

"The impact of the Fargo Parks Sports Center goes far beyond sports and recreation."

With a shared vision of increasing year-round access to wellness opportunities in the community and surrounding region, Sanford Heath and the Fargo Parks District have partnered to develop the master plan and schematic design for the Fargo Sports Complex. The 290,631 SF facility is made up of key programmatic areas: turf, courts, ice, Sanford POWER, Fargo Park District central offices, building administration, and multi-purpose. These programmatic spaces are strategically located along a central concourse to provide high visibility into each athletic space. This concourse is the main circulation spine of the facility, allowing for ease of access for athletes, clear wayfinding, and the ability to handle the cross-circulation of hundreds, or potentially thousands, of people utilizing the facility at one time. Bisecting the central concourse is a collection of support spaces. The ‘support core’ is comprised of spaces requiring less visibility, such as restrooms, locker rooms, and various back-of-house spaces. These spaces are positioned in versatile areas to allow for efficient, shared utilization by the adjacent athletic zones. To accommodate future growth, the owner and design team have worked together to plan for future phases that incrementally expand this facility based on the changing needs within the community.

“This facility is a testament to the power of collective effort and collaboration. We can’t wait to finally share the space with the community it was built to serve.” (Fargo Forum) https://www.inforum.com/news/fargo/park-staff-move-into-new-fargo-parks-sports-center-announce-may-grand-opening

“The impact of the Fargo Parks Sports Center goes far beyond sports and recreation. The space will serve more than 20,000 local children, provide gathering space for 20-plus local community organizations and attract more than 1,000,000 local and regional visitors annually. A facility of this magnitude will have an incredible economic impact on the community by generating revenue, boosting local business, creating jobs and increasing the overall quality of life for residents of Fargo and the surrounding communities.” (Fargo Parks) https://www.fargoparks.com/news/game-fargo-parks-sports-center-open-soon

“Everybody that walks through the doors has the same look of awe,” Fargo Parks Sports Center Director Kali Mork told The Forum. “There is not another facility of this magnitude in the tristate area.” (Fargo Forum) https://www.inforum.com/news/fargo/floorboards-field-in-place-as-fargo-parks-sports-center-approaches-summer-opening

“To date we have an additional 30 community partners who have provided support to get us to this point of being nine months away from opening Phase I of the building to our community. The outpouring of support for this impactful facility has been truly inspiring and we welcome other community partners to join us in delivering this project in 2024 to our region.” (Fargo Forum)  https://www.inforum.com/news/fargo/sports-facility-in-south-fargo-to-be-called-sanford-sports-complex

“Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 29. The festivities will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Then, community members can play sports, enjoy live music, craft activities, snacks and more. The celebration goes until 7:00 p.m.” (Valley News Live) https://www.valleynewslive.com/2024/04/30/grand-opening-announced-new-fargo-parks-sports-center/

“The Fargo Park District expects its Fargo Parks Sports Center to provide a true multi-purpose space for Fargo residents and the surrounding communities.” (Fargo Parks) https://www.fargoparks.com/parks-and-facilities/fargo-parks-sports-center

“Indoor amenities will include one full-size indoor multi-use turf field, an elevated indoor walking and running track, eight hardwood courts, two sheets of ice, six pickleball courts, three large multi-use community rooms, an indoor playground, Fargo Park District staff offices, and more.” (Valley News Live) https://www.valleynewslive.com/2023/08/17/new-sports-rec-facility-be-named-sanford-sports-complex/