The walls are going up at the Round Rock Sports Center near Interstate 35, a project that has a bigger footprint and bigger expectations than when it was pitched to voters in 2011.
The budget for the new indoor sports facility, near the intersection of Chisholm Trail and Old Settlers Boulevard, was initially $12 million but has grown to $14.8 million as the city has added 13,000 square feet and several other extras. Funded by a voter-approved hotel occupancy tax, the sports venue is projected to attract tens of thousands of visitors a year to volleyball and basketball tournaments put on by youth clubs, schools and other groups.
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The city added $2.8 million in extras to sports complex, including:
• 13,000 more square feet of space
• LED lighting
• An upgraded safety railing system
• Stone for exterior and other aesthetic upgrades