A new $350-million sports complex is coming to Murfreesboro Tennessee expected to bring 1,000 new jobs and 3-million visitors a year to the city. The plan is for Legacy Sports Tennessee to go on a piece of farmland off Northwest Broad Street near the I-840 interchange. Chad Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports at the announcement of the complex Thursday afternoon said it will be one of the largest athletic parks in the world.
With a long list of amenities for soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, softball, pickleball (what is pickleball??), and volleyball. However, for one person it’s bittersweet. “Anyone who deals with land in Murfreesboro knows it’s pretty hard to find 250 vacant acres,” says Murfreesboro Mayor, Shane McFarland. “For many years, many of us have driven up and down Broad Street and seen the Hord farm that is at the 840 interchange.”
The Hord Farm isn’t only a farm, it’s a piece of history for Betty Hord. The farm belonged to her late husband. “He died in 2020,” she says. “He got in really poor health in 2018 and he was not able to take care of the cattle anymore.” From one family to another, Hord says it’s time to put some of the land to better use. “This is much more than just a park for us, this is a family business,” says Miller. “And I don’t think anyone understands family as much as the Hord family does.” A family giving the city a new beginning.
“I think Tommy would be very pleased,” says Hord. “He did not want condominiums, he did not want houses, he did not want it covered up. He wanted open spaces and I think this would make him very happy. I think he’s smiling down on us right now.”
This will be Legacy Sports second location. The first is set to open in Arizona in January.