It has been years in the making, and Wednesday, June 1, 2016, it became official. The UW Health Sports Factory is open in downtown Rockford.
The massive recreational facility on the Rock River is expected to serve the needs of sports-minded residents as well as attract amateur sports tourism. The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual luncheon at the Sports Factory, the building's inaugural event. About 700 people gathered in the $24-million facility for the official dedication.
The city of Rockford rehabbed the former Ingersoll Building, a factory that sat empty for years in an important stretch of Rockford's downtown.
The Rockford Park District will give tours of the UW Health Sports Factory during this Friday's City Market.