WESTFIELD, IN – A ribbon cutting ceremony is being held Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at the Grand Park Events Center to celebrate its grand opening. Media is invited to attend this special event, which features an airplane flyover by two WWII-era T-6 airplanes from the “Checkertail Clan.”
Westfield Mayor Andy Cook will give remarks and lead the ribbon cutting along with other state and local dignitaries. Sandra Wood, the former owner of the farmland that Grand Park’s campus now sits on, will sing the national anthem.
During WWII, the T-6 airplane was known as the “pilot maker” for its role in preparing Allied pilots for combat. The “Checkertail Clan” represents the veterans of WWII, specifically the 325th Fighter Group known by the same name. The T-6 airplanes are being flown by crewmembers from Warbird Training Center in Kokomo. Click here to view a video of one of the T-6 airplanes participating in the flyover.
Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Indiana Fire Juniors Boys & Girls U13 soccer teams will christen the Grand Park Events Center by playing the first games on the center field Friday night.
The ribbon cutting is just one of the events taking place during the Opening Celebration of the Grand Park Events Center, the 370,000 square-foot indoor field sports and events facility. The special three-day celebration is being held Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23. The activities will include an indoor festival at the Grand Park Events Center featuring food, carnival games, inflatables, movie nights, vendors and preview tours.
“We’re excited to invite the community to celebrate the opening of this new indoor facility,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “This festival will help showcase the variety of uses that the Grand Park Events Center is capable of hosting.”
Inflate-A-Fest, which features interactive inflatables and bounce houses, will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Individual tickets for the interactive inflatables and games can be purchased for $1 each. An “all-you-can-jump” wristband will also be available for $12 per person.
Movies on the Turf, double-feature, family-friendly movie nights, will take place Thursday and Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. on the east indoor field. “Wreck It Ralph” (PG) and “The Sandlot” (PG) will be shown Thursday, while “Tangled” (PG) and “Kicking & Screaming” (PG) will be screened Friday night. Tickets for each night will be available at the door for $5 per person.
The third annual A Grand Run 5K Run/Walk will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 7:30 a.m. The start and finish line will be located inside the Grand Park Events Center with the course taking advantage of the park’s extensive trail system. Post-race activities will include music, refreshments and access to the indoor festival. Race fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children (for pre-registration), which includes a T-shirt if registered by July 15. After July 15, t-shirts will be available while supplies last. Visit www.runsignup.com/grandrun for more information and to register.
The Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball Gala Event will be the finale of the Opening Celebrating on Saturday evening. Guests are encouraged to wear tuxes and tennis shoes to celebrate the formal event and unique facility on the turf at the Grand Park Events Center. Tickets are $165 per person and can be purchased here: www.grandparktickets.com.
Proceeds from the Opening Celebration and Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball will benefit the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (YAP), which was developed in the fall of 2009 as a pilot program in Westfield. It has since grown to incorporate all of Hamilton County, including Carmel, Hamilton Heights, Fishers, Noblesville and Sheridan. In a desire to be proactive in assisting the healthy development of Hamilton County youth and their families, the program offers counseling for youth and families, youth anger management classes, parenting classes, food and clothing assistance and more.
Visit www.GrandPark.org/JulyOpening for more information about the Opening Celebration.
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About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will celebrate its grand opening July 21-23. The facility features three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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