We're planning for the future! Sports and event tourism is a vital part of the economy in the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, particularly outside the peak summer season. Recognizing the importance of this sector of our business, the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Board of Directors approved the purchase of 111.26 acres of land for future sports and event tourism development through Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events.
We are in the research phase of this long-term project as we work with a feasibility company to determine the best use of this piece of property. Keep up with our progress here as we dream and plan for big things to come! Continue scrolling for FAQs, timeline information and a map of the property. View Press Release
- June 28, 2022: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism closed on 111.26 acres of land in northeast Gulf Shores
- Aug. 30, 2022: Feasibility study RFP submission closed
- October 2022: Feasibility study company selected -- Sports Facilities Companies
- November 2022: Feasibility study began
- January 2023: Sports Facilities Companies conducted meetings in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach with key community stakeholders, staff members and sports planners
Q: Why did Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism / Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events decide to purchase land?
A: There is a greater need to help alleviate sports tourism play from the local sports complexes and school facilities to leave room for residential use with a growing population in the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and two city school systems.
Q: What purpose will the land serve?
A: The land will be used by Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events to maintain and grow sports and event tourism in the future.
Q: Where is the land located?
A: The parcel of land is located to the west and north of the Auburn University satellite facility at Coastal Gateway Boulevard (County Road 8 East) and the Foley Beach Express. The far north end of the property meets the city of Foley line and is close to the Orange Beach city limits.
Q: What is the goal of the project?
A: Sports and event tourism remains a key economic driver in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, particularly outside of the peak summer season. The goal of this project is to fill the facility gap to grow sports and event tourism while enhancing residential needs.