GREATER PALM SPRINGS, CA - Visit Greater Palm Springs (VGPS) and Riverside County are pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive Amateur Sports Complex Study, shedding light on the potential transformative effects a new amateur sports facility could have on the region. The study’s author, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, conducted in collaboration between the two organizations, highlights the economic, social, and recreational benefits an indoor sporting facility could bring to Greater Palm Springs and its surrounding areas.

The study is a culmination of extensive research and analysis and outlines key findings that underscore the positive impact on tourism, local businesses, and community engagement. The study positions Greater Palm Springs as an ideal location for a state-of-the-art indoor sports facility, capable of attracting diverse events and fostering a sense of pride and excitement among residents.

The study suggests that a state-of-the-industry hardcourt facility, suitable to accommodate basketball, volleyball, wrestling, pickleball, dance/cheer, martial arts, table tennis, futsal, gymnastics, and other sports and uses could address the unmet market demand from local and non-local user groups for tournaments, meets and competitions.

"The release of this Amateur Sports Complex Study marks a crucial milestone in our efforts to enhance Greater Palm Springs as a sports destination,” said Scott White, President and CEO of Visit Greater Palm Springs. “The findings validate our belief that a sports complex will not only elevate our region's profile in the sports industry but will also serve as a catalyst for economic growth and community engagement."

Key highlights from the study include projections of more than 34,000 added yearly lodging nights, and after stabilization of operations, an economic impact of more than $46 million per year. Additionally, the study estimates a sporting complex would provide nearly 600 (both full and part-time) jobs to the local economy.

“Years ago, after watching a documentary on the growing phenomenon of sports tourism, I asked that we initiate this study because we saw examples of how towns that had these facilities for travel sports and tournaments are benefiting,” said Riverside County 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “As we have seen with the new Acrisure Arena in Thousand Palms, a local arena and our local community can support sports opportunities. We now have a study that shows a need for an amateur sports complex for travel sports, particularly one with indoor courts and one that is tournament-quality. We look forward to this initiative and working with any private partner that would be interested in bringing this to our region. The report has many more details and shows us the possibility that such a facility could be supported here in the Coachella Valley.”

The collaborative effort between Visit Greater Palm Springs and Riverside County in commissioning the Amateur Sports Complex Study shows a shared vision for progress, prosperity, and community enrichment. As the findings are made public, both organizations are eager to engage with stakeholders, the community, and potential partners to explore opportunities for the successful realization of a sports facility.

View the complete study here.


About Visit Greater Palm Springs 
Visit Greater Palm Springs (VGPS) is the official destination marketing organization for the nine-city Southern California oasis of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. Founded in 1989 with a mission to positively affect the destination’s $7.5 billion tourism economy and quality of life for its residents, VGPS provides sales, marketing and PR, and destination development activities to grow visitation from potential leisure travelers and event, meeting and convention group markets.    

About Supervisor V. Manuel Perez 
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez represents the Fourth Supervisorial District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. The largest district in the county by geography, the 4th District covers eastern Riverside County, from Whitewater, stretching across the entire Coachella Valley south to the Salton Sea, up Highway 74 to Idyllwild and the mountain communities, and heading east of the Coachella Valley to Blythe and the Colorado River. 

Media Contacts

Visit Greater Palm Springs
Todd Burke, VP of Communications 
Phone: 650-391-8091

Supervisor Perez
Darin Schemmer, Office of Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez 
Phone: 760-863-8211 
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