Lebanon Taking on Role of Youth Sports Hub


Lebanon’s commitment to continuous growth has just made a major leap forward.

With the announcement of the new Card & Associates Lebanon Fieldhouse and the development of the surrounding land, Lebanon will make its mark on the map.

At a press conference held by the city of Lebanon on October 14, the big news was released that the city would soon become another Indiana youth sports hub. Mayor Gentry took the stand to reveal that the old Holiday Inn, now vacant lot for nearly a decade, would now be home to something much bigger for the city.

The old Holiday Inn was host to many events, conferences, and housed many guests during their visit to Lebanon. In 2012 when the building was demolished, the city had high standards for what would be next to occupy the land. As they did have many offers for years, none were accepted until now.

“We wanted to make sure we found the right deal not just the first deal,” said Mayor Gentry.

Thirteen years ago, former mayor, Mayor Lasley, shared his visons for the future of Lebanon. He projected his view of making Lebanon a destination for business and families.

“Mayor Lasley cast a strong vision for Lebanon. For the last 6 years Lebanon has been very successful in achieving part of mayor Lasley’s goal by attracting high quality business to our community, and we’ve been making good strides improving the quality of life of families. Today we announce a giant leap that I believe mayor Lasley would be proud to see.”

With the development of such a large project, Mayor Gentry announced that there will be no tax increases to fund this new build. Beginning in July 2018, Gentry met for the initial conversation with the CEO and founder of Card & Associates, Mr. Andy Card, to discuss the construction of the Fieldhouse and community surrounding it. Along with Card & Associates’ purchase of the city land, they bought additional acreage from the Powell family farm to increase the size of this new development. As of July 2020, the plans were “full steam ahead.”

“The vision here is going to be as the Mayor said, a 270,,000 square foot state of the art athletic center. It’s going to have eight hard courts, which will be a big host to basketball and volleyball, two full football fields inside that will be for lacrosse, soccer, and we actually will play little league games in there. It will have pitching tunnels, hitting tunnels, etc,” said Card.

Containing a 20,000 square foot mezzanine for viewing and entertaining, the Fieldhouse will be home to restaurants and shops alongside the fields. With programs ranging from kindergarten to adulthood, the build is anticipated to draw 60,000 people through the doors of the facility each month.

Along with the Lebanon Fieldhouse, the new construction will consist of a state-of-the-art medical center, restaurants from varying price ranges, green space, water features, hotels, and retail. Securing a commitment with Bel Canto Asset Growth Fund LLC, a multi-family housing development company ensures for an investment with a value of $125 million toward family housing. Indiana has become a “mecca” to many sporting events and tournaments that bring in visitors from all over the country. The addition of the Card & Associates’ complex and Lebanon fieldhouse will bring those visitor’s straight Boone County and the city of Lebanon.

“The ultimate goal is just to attract more great options to Lebanon. This will bring more restaurants and more things for people to do in the community, and more then also more opportunities for people that are passionate about athletics,” said Mayor Gentry.