Groundbreaking of Southeast Iowa JBS Sports Center


Community leaders and supporters gathered at Sycamore Park on Monday morning in Ottumwa to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new athletic facility.

Brian Morgan, Board Chair of the Southeast Iowa Sports Commission, told attendees the project was five years in the making while thanking financial supporters JBS, the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, and the City of Ottumwa.

Morgan announced the name of the facility will be The Southeast Iowa JBS Sports Center. Officials say the new building will feature three full-size basketball courts, four volleyball courts, a 9v9 turf soccer field, a softball and baseball infield, two batting cages, a turf football field, concessions, offices, and the ability to host birthdays, conferences, and events.

Christner Contracting, Inc. will be the construction manager of the project which is expected to be completed in the winter of 2024-25.

“The Southeast Iowa JBS Sports Center is much more than just a place to play. It’s an investment in our community’s future. This facility will provide our youth with access to top-notch athletic programs and facilities, fostering a love of sports and healthy competition. At the same time, the Sports Center will be a magnet for tournaments and events, attracting visitors from across the region and generating significant economic activity. This will benefit local businesses, create jobs, and inject new energy into our community.” Brian Morgan, Board Chair of Southest Iowa Sports Commission

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