ROCKFORD, IL – Happy birthday UW Health Sports Factory! On June 1, 2016, the City of Rockford, Rockford Park District (RPD), Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB), and the Winnebago County Regional Tourism Facility Board (WCTFB) celebrated the completion of UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison Street, Rockford.
Since then, thousands of people have been through the doors, and the facility is helping to retain, regain, and grow the sports tourism market in the Rockford region. UW Health Sports Factory is one of the largest sports facilities in the Midwest. During the first year of operation, roughly 260,000 came to the facility to take part in lessons, leagues, camps, and practices for youth and adults participating in volleyball, basketball, wheelchair basketball, pickleball, table tennis, gymnastics and adapted boccia ball. “Being a part of the hard court business was a brand new opportunity for us, and thought it’s going to take a few years to build a name for ourselves, we have done a lot in the first year and provided a facility for new tournaments to come to town. I’m hoping in the years to come, we can continue to dream big and host big zumbathons, pickleball tournaments, and dance competitions,” said Operations Manager Danielle Potter.
To celebrate this milestone, UW Health Sports Factory wants to invite the community to a free Open Gym session on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In addition, special giveaways and cake will be on site to celebrate the first birthday. Owly Oop Sports Pub will also have a live band, thanks to a patio party it is hosting.
The UW Health Sports Factory name symbolizes the history of the site as it was once the former Ingersoll factory located in the heart of a major manufacturing hub in Rockford. The shell of the former factory still remains in place today.