New facility will bring more sports events
The City of Round Rock is building an indoor sports facility. The indoor sports venue will be used for the City’s “Sports Capital of Texas” tourism program.
The facility is expected to cost approximately $14.5 million, which does not include land, design and engineering costs or related infrastructure. It will be located on Chisholm Trail Drive, just west of FM 3406, on land purchased by the City.
Approval and Funding
In November 2011, Round Rock residents approved Proposition 9, which authorized an additional 2 percent in local hotel occupancy tax to finance an indoor sports venue in Round Rock.
The City’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau currently recruits outdoor sports events almost exclusively because there are limited indoor facilities capable of hosting events like basketball and volleyball tournaments, and cheer and martial arts competitions.
Under state law, hotel tax revenue can only be used to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. It cannot be spent on basic municipal government services like public safety, parks and recreation, utilities, street maintenance, etc.
The City of Round Rock retained Economics Research Associates (ERA) in May 2006 to analyze alternative concepts for a major new event facility that could be developed in Round Rock. A portion of the funding for the study was also provided by the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Partnership.
A variety of conversations had been taking place in Round Rock regarding various types of new facilities that could be developed to house events, thereby adding to the quality of life for residents and advancing economic development goals of the community.
ERA's 78-page report was presented to the City Council on Jan. 25, 2007. It analyzes five types of venues: Special Events Center, Multi-Purpose Arena, Performing Arts Center, Convention/Conference Center, and Civic/Community Center.