Despite the icy weather and frigid conditions, Round Rock celebrated the grand opening of a new $14.5 million indoor sports facility.
About 300 people were on hand as city officials officially opened the Round Rock Sports Center, funded primarily with hotel occupancy tax money.
The city says the 82,800 square-foot athletic center is contracted for use ever weekend through the end of July 2014. The facility is also booked every Monday-Thursday through the spring with local club sports team practices.
The complex features six basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts with 47,775 square feet of flexible, open, playable space. It includes seating capacity for up to 1,300 spectators and 502 parking spots.
Also included are locker rooms, a training room, LED scoreboard screens, and three large multi-purpose rooms that can be subdivided into nine smaller rooms.
Officials say the facility can also easily convert into a space for hosting expos, meetings, speakers and concerts.
The center will employ nine full-time city employees and 50-60 part-time workers.