WESTFIELD, IN — Grand Park has announced that Methodist Sports Medicine will become the official sports medicine provider for the campus, a sports destination developed by the City of Westfield that hosts major sporting events and attracted nearly 2 million visits last year.
As part of the new partnership, all sporting events at Grand Park will be staffed by medical personnel from Methodist Sports Medicine, including athletic trainers and orthopedic physicians. Methodist Sports Medicine is best known as the official team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, plus many other college, high school and professional teams throughout Central Indiana.
In addition, Methodist Sports Medicine will establish a permanent clinic for athletes and patients on the second floor of the Grand Park Events Center. The 3,000-square-foot facility, set to open in Spring 2017, will be staffed by athletic trainers, physical therapists and an orthopedic doctor. It will have X-ray capability and sell durable medical equipment such as crutches and braces.
“Grand Park attracts more than 750,000 visitors a year, and ensuring their health and safety on and off the field is a top priority. This partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine will not only maintain our focus on safety, but offer our athletes top quality care while at Grand Park,” said Grand Park Executive Director William Knox.
Opened in 2014, Grand Park includes 400 acres of championship-grade playing fields, including 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, as well as the Grand Park Events Center with three full-size indoor soccer fields. The facility attracted 1.9 million total visits in 2016, surpassing projections.
More than 300 sporting events were held at the campus last year, highlighted by the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament, for a total estimated economic impact of $162.6 million.
“We are incredibly proud and humbled to have been selected by Grand Park as their sole sports medicine providers. This is already an important sports venue that will only continue to grow in its impact,” said Dr. Mark Ritter, President of Methodist Sports Medicine. “The entire team at Methodist Sports Medicine pledges to give athletes who compete at Grand Park the highest level of medical care possible. And we’re thrilled to launch a permanent orthopedic clinic to serve tournament athletes and our patients in the Westfield area.”
“The city is excited to embark on a partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine,” Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said. “When the citizens group envisioned Grand Park years ago, a quality sports medicine partnership was always a part of that vision. We are excited that Methodist Sports Medicine recognizes the need for high quality care for Grand Park athletes.”