Countdown to the 10 Year Anniversary of Opelika SportsPlex


Countdown to the 10 Year Anniversary of Opelika SportsPlex

Laura Leigh Chesser
Opelika Parks and Recreation

The Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary next August, and in the spirit of recreation, they have decided to count down to this milestone with a year-long celebration.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration kicks off in September and will feature a multitude of different initiatives aimed at honoring current members and recruiting new ones. Members of the Opelika SportsPlex can look forward to free food, fun competitions, and giveaways each month, while guests can look for potential ways to try out the facility.

The celebration will end with a large birthday celebration on August 31, 2019. The event will take place in the morning, so as not to interfere with college football, and will embody a festival-like atmosphere.

“Our goal is to breathe new life into the SportsPlex,” said Laura Leigh Chesser, public relations coordinator. “We want it to be a fun and exciting place to be.”

One way they are generating a fun environment is by bringing back and creating new challenges for their members. Challenges like the Indoor Triathlon, Walking Challenge, Group Fitness Challenge and SportsPlex Bucket List will encourage members to use specific amenities, but most of the activities allow members to take part in the workouts they are already doing.

The Football Frenzy Challenge kicks off in September, and it will encourage members to complete 20 hours of exercise within the month. There are no restrictions on activities, and every person who completes the challenge will go home with a prize.

“We have so many people who come in and sign-up and then never walk through our doors again,” said Chesser. “We want them to come in and utilize their membership, so we’re coming up with fun ways to encourage them to do that.”

To recruit new memberships, the Opelika SportsPlex is offering free guest passes at various times within each month. Some months offer free days to the general public, but other months may offer passes to specific groups like small business owners, nurses, first responders, military, and teachers.

For more information about the 10th Anniversary Celebration and for a full lineup of all of the upcoming events please visit


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