The Bridge Sports Complex

Bridgeport, West Virginia

The Bridge Sports Complex is designed to serve as a regional competition athletics facility along with being a community asset to enhance the lives of the citizens of Bridgeport and the surrounding region. The primary function of the facility is to act as a sports tournament destination venue to attract visitors from the area and to spur economic development.

LocationBridgeport, West Virginia

ClientCity of Bridgeport

TypeRecreation

CategoryAquatics, Fieldhouse, Tournament

Size160,000

Completion2021

Partners

Architect of Record
Omni Associates

Program Designer

To serve community needs the building is also programmed with a variety of social and activity spaces to serve the day-to-day user and to directly improve the lives of the citizens of Bridgeport. Accompanying the sports spaces are an open fitness center, group exercise studio, clip n climb, and an elevated walk/jog track. There are also team meeting rooms that can flex as public gathering spaces. These areas combined with the sports venues create a truly multipurpose center, supporting the needs of the community.

Sports Design Consultant

BRS’ role as Sports Design Consultant is to help the City of Bridgeport attain the right balance of offerings to create a vibrant facility throughout the year. The building will be at the heart of the community, enriching the City through not only sports, health, and wellness, but by attracting and retaining tournaments, swim meets, and leagues. It will have individual athletes, teams, and spectators excited about traveling to Bridgeport for events, elevating its significance in the region.

Circulation Flow

Key issues considered in its design are providing great competition venues with good play areas, exceptional spectator views and access, and ease of building operations. Equally important to success is ensuring there are suitable spaces outside the competition areas for gathering, dinning, rest, and activities beyond athletics to serve the patron and guest as much as the athlete on the court, in the pool, or on the field. To that point, the facility is organized to allow for good visual access between the primary spaces through open and inviting concourses and clear wayfinding to create a comfortable user experience.

The Bridge opened in May 2021, and since its opening, has exceeded its first-year program use, league, and membership goals by the end of its first month of operations. The community has embraced the facility locally and regionally and will be a major sports tournament venue for northern West Virginia.

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