Hoover ranked among best spots for youth sports

HOOVER – The new Finley Center, adjacent to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, has already been a hit as the city hosted the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, and now the center has helped Hoover land on a list of “The 15 best travel destinations for youth sports.”

The list was compiled by Youth1.com, which is an online platform for youth sports.

“Just south of Birmingham is Hoover, Alabama, home of the Hoover Met Complex,” reads the Youth1.com profile. “The Met Complex’s Finley Center features a 155,000-square-foot indoor event center, 11 basketball courts and 17 volleyball courts. Nearby, the 10,000-seat Met Baseball Stadium hosts the SEC baseball tournament every year.”

The locations were not ranked but instead listed alphabetically.

Hoover made the list along with destinations such as Atlanta; Cocoa Beach, Florida; and Los Angeles.

The profile also cited Hoover’s proximity to attractions including the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Ruffner Mountain and Landmark BBQ.

In addition to the features noted by Youth1.com, the Finley Center also includes a premier NBA level court, food court, three meeting rooms, clip ‘n’ climb facility, walking track and options for hosting birthday parties and other events.

During the SEC tournament, the Finley Center was the site of the all new FanFest activities including billiard tables, driving simulators, electronic darts, foosball tables, arcade games, air hockey tables, shuffleboard, skeeball tables, golf simulators, inflatable games, live entertainment, sports bar, table tennis, zip line, miniature golf, Lego construction zone, corn hole, photo booths and a ferris wheel.