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Elite Sports will invest $25 million in five youth sports facilities across the Kansas City region, bringing the Olathe-based company's total footprint to 650,000 square feet.
The new facilities also will bring more than 500 new jobs to the metro area, according to a release from the sports development and management company.
"Our new facilities are paving the way for local clubs - practice is no longer a drop-off, but a lifestyle that goes well beyond the sport, and a unique experience that parents can enjoy as well," said Jason Bryson, CEO of Elite Sports.
The new, multi-sport facilities offer a one-stop shop for local athletes and parents with amenities such as medical clinics, fitness gyms, sports massage, classrooms, parent workstations, lounges, arcades, full-service bars, and nail salons.
In addition to state-of-the-art technology and equipment for training, the facilities go beyond the sport and introduce youth athletes to life skills through various educational classes and opportunities.
Clubs and leagues including MAVS Volleyball, Elite Softball Academy, Kansas City Scott Gallagher and Heartland Futsal call the facilities home. Elite Sports will also offer rental space to other metro-area clubs for multiple sports. The facilities will host local, regional and national tournaments.
"Not only do our facilities provide outstanding benefits for athletes and parents, but to entire communities and the general public as well," Bryson said.
Elite Sports will offer memberships to its fitness gyms and classes, known as The Burn KC. Two of the five planned Elite Sports centers - Olathe and Overland Park - opened earlier this year, and the remaining three facilities in Lenexa, Olathe and Kansas City plan to open later in 2018.