Multi-million dollar sports complex planned for West Virginia mall’s closed department store

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former mall department store and adjacent parking lot will become a multimillion-dollar sports complex under a plan unveiled Wednesday by leaders of Virginia’s largest city- Western.

The Capital Sports Center would include a 10-lane aquatic center, an indoor grass pitch, an elevated track for walking or running, a climbing wall and areas for wrestling, basketball, volleyball and pickleball, Charleston and Kanawha County officials announced. There would also be a large gym dedicated to personal training, including weightlifting and workout equipment.

The 247,000 square foot complex will convert a former Macy’s department store to the Charleston Town Center mall and adjacent parking lot. Officials hope it will host regional and national events while providing a training center for athletes in the state.

“In order to position our capital to attract premier revenue-generating events and the associated economic impact, we must have the facilities necessary to compete,” Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin said in a statement.

The cost of the project was not disclosed. The release says it is the largest financial joint venture between the Kanawha County Commission and the City of Charleston.