Ground Breaking

Ground Broken in Livingston County for 120-Acre Sports Complex

Phase I of the indoor and outdoor sports facility to open this October.

Green Oak Township, MI – June 21, 2013 – In the middle of the 120-acre field bordered by Whitmore Lake, Winans Lake and Rickett Roads, the turn of the shovels in the dirt Tuesday, June 18, 2013, officially started the legacy of the Legacy Center. The Legacy Center will be Michigan’s premiere indoor and outdoor athletic, recreational, training and fitness facility. The vision of the center is to provide athletes of all levels the opportunity and experience of a world-class facility that enhances their training and competition experience.

The vision of the Legacy Center is that of Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists (MRS) owners Rodney and Amy Goble. The husband and wife team founded the physical therapy business in 1999 in Hamburg, MI, and now have 30 locations across Michigan, including Brighton, Hartland, Fowlerville, and Howell. They teamed with Rodney’s brother Roger Goble, also a physical therapist, to bring the Legacy Center to Livingston County.

“Detroit is known as a sports town, and now that extends to Livingston County,” says Legacy Center partner and MRS owner Rodney Goble. “Unlike any facility of its kind in Michigan, the center will attract local, state, regional and national sports teams to Livingston County.”

The land dedicated to the Legacy Center and separate Legacy Park Properties is a total of 300 acres. The area spans the north and south sides of Winans Lake Road between Rickett and Whitmore Lake Roads. The construction of the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Legacy Center will cover 120 of those acres north of Winans Lake Road and occur in in two phases. The remaining 180 acres is for the Legacy Park, planned for separate commercial and residential development in compliment to the Legacy Center.

The Legacy Center has signed a contract with AR Brouwer, Inc. of Dexter MI, for the construction and construction management of the multi-million dollar, two-phase facility. It is projected that 50-100 new jobs directly related to the Legacy Center operations will be created by the time phase two opens. In addition, the center will be a magnet for new business to the county.

Phase I of the development will be open and operational by late October 2013 for the indoor sports season and will include:

104,000 square foot dome enclosing one large premium artificial turf soccer and lacrosse field. o FieldTurf is the selected turf supplier and are known as the premier provider of

synthetic turf fields in the country. Their work has included Ford Field in Detroit.
o Arizon is the selected dome supplier, the same supplier of Eastern Michigan University’s



10,000 square foot attached support building that will include sports teams offices, management offices, concession stand and a fitness training.

o Professional-grade sports and fitness training will be provided by Barwis Methods, a partner of MRS. Barwis Methods founder and CEO Mike Barwis is a current consultant to the New York Mets, and former strength and condition coach for the University of Michigan and West Virginia University football teams.

  • Seven outdoor premium grass sports fields for soccer and lacrosse.

  • Community options for multi-sport field and facility rentals, sports leagues, sports camps and

    clinics, sports tournaments.

    Construction of the second phase of development is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014 with a completion target in the fall of 2015. Phase two construction is to include:

  • 170,000 square foot field house with one large premium turf playing surface and two smaller turfed areas for training and smaller sided programming.

  • Connected to the field house will be a 45,000 square foot wellness building to include:

o Sports office space.

o Fitness center with comprehensive wellness services. Memberships will be available to the public.

o Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists physical therapy clinic. o Barwis Methods performance training center.
o Restaurant and snack area, and more.
o Additional tenant space for complementary businesses.

Two outdoor softball fields, one outdoor little league baseball field, and one premium outdoor turf stadium field for soccer, lacrosse and football.

Legacy Center owners are working to meet the qualifications to achieve the International Football Federation Association FIFA 1-star certification of the fields. The elite certification will permit the Legacy Center to host the highest level of worldwide soccer play.

The Legacy Center has already attracted the attention of the Michigan Youth Soccer Association, and the Michigan Youth Lacrosse Association, as well as many other area sports organizations and travel clubs and has secured pre-contracted rental agreements.


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