(Surfing may be about the only thing you can’t do at the Regional Sports Plex!)
“The Sports Plex is proud to report over 300,000 patrons have increased their quality of life by utilizing our facility since our opening in March of 2008,” says Tim Stonecipher, president and part owner of the Paducah Regional Sports Plex. “We’ve welcomed well over 50,000 out-of-town guests from eight states to the Paducah area to play sports of all sorts,” he adds.
It is just the type of usage Tim envisioned when he began assembling investors to make the large, multi-sport facility a reality. A long-time coach and a parent himself, Tim saw the need for a regional sports plex that would accommodate a large variety of sports practices, training, competitions, and fun. “But it wasn’t always easy,” says Tim. “For every positive response I got, I got 40 negative ones.”
However, Tim was convinced that a regional facility, which would allow year-round play and attract out-of-town teams for basketball, soccer, and similar tournaments, was needed. He kept at it until a group of investors was assembled, the facility was constructed, and staff was hired. The first soccer tournament was held when the facility was barely open.
Since that time, activities have expanded to include school field trips, summer day camps, and more. A look at the
paducahregionalsportsplex.com website offers a glimpse into the variety of activities available at the Plex. A click on the respective word at the website brings you more information on: basketball; volleyball; baseball/softball; soccer; tee ball; wrestling; tot activities; birthday parties/rentals; speed, jumping, and agility training; martial arts and aerobics training; parent’s plex night out; camp at the plex; and teen plex time. Makes a person energized just surfing the website!
Dances for middle-school children have become popular weekend events for the pre- and early-teen crowd, and a variety of organized programs are available to children on school breaks. With such activities, along with group and individual training offerings in nearly all major sports, the Sports Plex offers something for every age, interest, and ability.
Tim is proud of the credentials of the professional staff members who oversee activities and instruction. “We have incredible talent in this area,” he says. “And bringing that talent together in one place benefits people from all over the region.”
The Paducah Regional Sports Plex has made impressive strides since opening in early 2008, and Tim credits Paducah Bank for helping make that possible. “Paducah Bank’s Tom Clayton has walked with the Sports Plex investors every step of the way. His service has been a balance of ideal professionalism and friendliness,” says Tim.
He adds, “Tom and Paducah Bank generated and maintain a partnership with the Sports Plex that is second to none. My hat’s off to the entire staff of Paducah Bank.”
Located approximately two and one-half miles west of I-24 on U.S. 60, the Sports Plex is off to a good start. The best, however, may still lie ahead. “We look forward to serving our community for many years to come,” says Tim.