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February 17
​Board Approves Funding for New Cary Indoor Sports Complex

A future multi-use indoor sports complex planned for Cary Towne Center is one step closer to reality, thanks to action taken by the Wake County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 17.

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The board voted unanimously to spend up to $2.36 million per year for 25 years to fund construction of the 100,000-square-foot facility. These funds would come from revenue generated by county taxes on overnight stays in local hotels and food and drinks purchased at local restaurants.

“The hospitality tax would provide about $35 million of the project’s estimated $193 million cost,” said Wake County Commissioner Susan Evans. “This would be money well spent, because we don’t have anything like this facility in the county now, and I’m very excited about the new opportunities it would provide. The location is ideal.”

The Town of Cary would build, operate and manage the complex with additional financing coming from limited obligation bonds and corporate partners.

Plans for the complex include:

  • 25,000 square feet of multi-purpose space
  • 12 full-sized basketball courts (could convert to 20 full-sized
  • volleyball courts)
  • Arena seating for 4,000
  • Esports amenities
  • Full-service restaurant
  • Elevated walkway
  • Childcare space
  • Weight room, workout space and walking track

The facility would focus on drawing highly competitive tournaments and activities that would attract regional and national participants and drive overnight visitation to Wake County.

Next Steps
The Raleigh City Council will consider the town’s funding request for the complex at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. If the city joins the county in approving the agreement, staff would then work with Cary to finalize the scope of the project.

Inter-local Agreement
In 1991, Wake County was authorized by N.C. law to levy a room and occupancy tax and prepared food and beverage tax for the purpose of supporting arts, culture, sports and convention facilities. The funds are governed through inter-local agreements between the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Raleigh City Council. In October 2019, they released an RFP, asking for proposals to compete for multi-use indoor sports complex project funding.


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