BELL BANK PARK TO BE NEW HOME FOR PARK UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

MESA, Ariz. – Legacy Sports USA Chief Operating Officer Jeff de Laveaga announced today Bell Bank Park, the new 320-acre, multi-use family sports and entertainment complex in Mesa, has signed a multi-year agreement with Park University (Gilbert, Ariz.) to be the new home for Park Gilbert athletics, starting in 2022.  Buccaneers teams that will call Bell Bank Park home include Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Softball.

“Legacy Sports USA is excited to bring Park University athletics to Bell Bank Park,” de Laveaga said.  “We align with Park University’s sports mission and want to provide the athletes and students the opportunity to train and compete at our world-class facilities.”

"At Park University, we transform lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education. The opening of Legacy Sports USA will ensure that our Park-Gilbert Buccaneers access a world-class experience every time they compete,” said Park University President Shane Smeed.

Park University Gilbert Campus is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in 15 different sports in the California Pacific Conference (CALPAC), and the Buccaneers won the CALPAC Women’s Volleyball Championships in 2021.

“The state-of-the-art facilities at Bell Bank Park will provide our teams and athletes one of the best experiences in all of NAIA and CALPAC,” said Athletic Director Jeff Fore. “Our partnership with Legacy Sports USA and Bell Bank Park enhances our experience to focus on our championship goals and student success inside and outside the classroom.”

During the past three years, the Park University Gilbert Arizona campus has enjoyed tremendous academic and athletic success through various partnerships and strategic alliances

“We are excited to continue strengthening our partnerships with the Greater East Valley and look forward to cheering on our Park Buccaneers athletes at their new home in Bell Bank Park,” said Yira Brimage, Park University Gilbert Campus Vice President.

 

ABOUT PARK UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University is a nonprofit, private institution that is a national leader in higher education serving 16,500 students annually at 42 campus centers in 22 states and online, including the newest campus in Gilbert, Ariz.  Park’s mission is to transform lives through accessible, student-centered quality higher education.  Park University’s home in Gilbert is in the heart of the Heritage District at the University Building that encompasses 22,000 square feet.  The Gilbert Campus is the University’s first location outside of Parkville to offer a traditional daytime campus, as well as NAIA-level athletics programs.  Park provides an affordable, private education where classes are kept small enough to stay on a first name basis, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  For more information visit https://www.park.edu/gilbert-arizona/ 



ABOUT BELL BANK PARK

Bell Bank Park, a 320-acre world class family sports and entertainment complex, fulfills the mission of Legacy Cares. The one-of-a-kind complex features a 5,000 seat Outdoor Stadium, 2,800 seat Indoor Arena, (35) Soccer/Lacrosse/Football Fields, (57) Indoor Volleyball Courts, (8) Baseball and Softball fields, (20) Basketball Courts, (41) Pickleball Courts, (12) Beach Volleyball Courts, Obstacle Course Racing Park, (22) Futsal Courts, Gymnastics Center, Dance Studio, Cheer Center, Sports Performance Center, Family Fitness Center, Wellness & Fitness Center, esports Center, Kids Play Center,  two zip lines, 2.7 acre Tixr Yard for concerts and events, The G.O.A.T Sports Bar and Restaurant, and so much more. With numerous playing fields, Bell Bank Park powered by Legacy Sports USA serves as a major hub for professional, club and recreation competition at various levels of expertise and proficiency. The Park expands beyond sports. The team at Bell Bank Park will create festivals, signature experiences and live concerts that feature national touring acts. The Park will create a thriving entertainment destination in Mesa and the Greater Phoenix region.

ABOUT LEGACY SPORTS USA

Legacy Sports USA is the organization behind Bell Bank Park, initially the vision of Randy J. Miller, Chairman of Legacy Sports USA, Chad J. Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports USA, and Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien, Director of Performance Training at Bell Bank Park. Legacy Sports USA is dedicated to hosting premiere tournament events for youth sports and offering opportunities for athletes of all ages and at all levels to develop skills and enjoy training and competition.

ABOUT LEGACY CARES

Legacy Cares provides athletes and non-athletes alike of all ages, economic backgrounds and levels of athletic proficiency, the opportunity to participate in sports while fostering the enjoyment and camaraderie of teamwork and perseverance, key components in athletic competition and lifetime success. Its mission is to provide families a safe, friendly, high-quality environment in which to experience different sporting, artistic, educational, and entertainment amenities. Legacy Cares serves the community by providing opportunities to explore, learn and develop new and existing skills and to extract untapped abilities, while promoting a healthy lifestyle.