South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana, has broken ground on the new Mishawaka Youth Athletic Facility.

The project includes a 220,000 square foot building that houses 10 multipurpose courts, two turf fields, concessions, bleachers and medical tenant space, which will begin construction in the third quarter of 2023. The current construction schedule anticipates a grand opening in the third quarter of 2024.

“As a result of the new, major youth Athletic Center, what is important to the City of Mishawaka is the tens of thousands of visitors that will be coming from outside the area that will be a significant benefit to our many hotels, businesses and restaurants in Mishawaka and the greater region,” said Mayor Dave Wood.

The city of Mishawaka and Visit South Bend Mishawaka leaders have been working with Card & Associates since 2018 on the project. Funding for the project includes a $1 million per year pledge from the St. Joseph County Hotel/Motel Tax and $5.25 million in READI funds from the state of Indiana.

“The Mishawaka Fieldhouse will have an immediate positive impact upon opening not only for the residents of Mishawaka, but for the entire St. Joseph County community,” Wood said.

Card & Associates’ portfolio in Indiana also includes the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield, Finch Creek Fieldhouse in Noblesville and Community Sports and Wellness Center in Pendleton.

“Card & Associates is excited to become part of the Mishawaka and South Bend community to add a vital sports asset,” said Andy Card, Card & Associates chief executive officer. “This Fieldhouse will kick-start the area’s transformation to become a vibrant and welcoming destination.”

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