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Greer announces $60M sports and events center

Greer Sports & Events Center. Concept art
McMillan Pazdan Smith
Greer Sports & Events Center. Concept art

Greer Mayor Rick Danner and City Administrator Andy Merriman announced March 12 the city plans to invest $60 million to develop a new sports and events center.

The 150,000-square-foot facility will occupy 25 acres centrally located in Greer, with the location to be announced when the city acquires the property. It will feature eight basketball courts and have flexible space for other future sports and activities the city may offer.

“We want to provide a facility that is easy to access (and) that is easily available to all our citizens and will serve the citizens for years to come,” said Danner. “We want to offer a place where pickleball can be played while volleyball or basketball is being played in a different part of the building. We wanted to be able to offer things that will attract people for weekend tournaments and fill hotels and restaurants and create the additional revenue streams that will help us pay for the offerings that we’re going to have here.”

A future downtown parking garage rendering on Depot Street
Rendering by HKM Architects + Planners, Inc.
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HKM Architects + Planners, Inc.
A future downtown parking garage rendering on Depot Street

The sports facility is part of Greer’s planned $100 million investment over the next four years which also includes:

  • A fire station in the Groce Meadow Road area – $11 million
  • A public safety police and fire training facility on Hood Road – $17 million
  • A more than 500-spot parking garage on Depot Street – $12 million
Groce Meadow Road Fire Station rendering
provided by city of Greer
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City of Greer
Groce Meadow Road Fire Station rendering

“We are planning for the future as we address the needs of the day,” Danner said. “The parking garage, fire station and police training facility are all current and future needs.”

Greer City Council will vote on funding the proposed projects March 12. For more information, visit facebook.com/forgreer.

This story was filed as part of an editorial partnership between South Carolina Public Radio and the Greenville Journal, which is responsible for its content. You can learn more about the Greenville Journal here.

Jeannie Putnam is a lifelong resident of Greenville County. Growing up in the Golden Strip, her love of words and writing started at an early age as she spent time at the Mauldin branch library with her grandmother, who served as the location’s head librarian.