Council Approves 'The Complex' at Eastland Yards Proposal

Published on October 10, 2023

Rendering of outdoor sports fields at Eastland Yards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2023) – On Monday, Charlotte’s City Council decided on the future of the vacant 29-acre plot at Eastland Yards. The development, temporarily dubbed ‘The Complex’, will feature sports and entertainment elements from two finalist proposals presented to the council earlier this year. With the vote, the City Council also approved up to $30 million to reimburse expenses related to the project.

The development came together after the City Council requested the developers of the two finalist proposals, QC East @ Eastland Yards and Eastland Yards Indoor Sports Complex, to create a single proposal to include elements from each development. The developer teams and city staff were given 45 days to develop a new proposal to present to the council. The collaborative proposal includes: 

  • A 120,000-square-foot indoor sports facility with multipurpose courts that can be converted to 10 basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, 30 pickleball courts, and more.
    • Space for concessions, bar, and restaurants.
    • Fitness center for sports league participants and community use.
    • Ice rink for league/competitive and community use.
    • Leasable space for medical and physical therapy use.
    • Spaces for STEM education, eSports, and a community learning center.
    • Outdoor athletic fields and Charlotte Soccer Academy, including six multi-sport artificial turf fields for soccer, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, and more. 
  • ~6,000 – 12,000 square foot Food and beverage area. 

The community, STEM education, eSports Center, and sports facilities will be open to the public on non-even event dates. 

“[Eastland] was a gathering place that was an economic engine for the east side," said Economic Development Director Tracy Dodson. “And it will undoubtedly become a gathering place for the east side community, but also a catalyst to attract others and celebrate what makes this part of our city so special: its diversity.”

The Complex is expected to generate $169 million annually and create more than 500 jobs. The project is estimated to cost between $90 and $100 million, with construction expected to last for up to 38 months.