Park University moves teams to Bell Bank Park in Mesa

Rendering of Bell Bank Park
The Bell Bank Park complex will host Park University-Gilbert campus athletic teams. (Rendering courtesy Legacy Sports. USA)

The Bell Bank Park complex will host Park University-Gilbert campus athletic teams. (Rendering courtesy Legacy Sports. USA)

Park University’s Gilbert Campus athletics teams are moving this spring to Bell Bank Park in Mesa after the university signed a multiyear deal this month with Legacy Sports USA.

The 320-acre family sports and entertainment complex, which opened in January, will be the home for the Buccaneers men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and volleyball teams as well as women’s beach volleyball and softball, starting this spring, according to an announcement by Jeff de Laveaga, chief operating officer for Legacy Sports USA, which operates the park.

“We align with Park University’s sports mission and want to provide their student-athletes the opportunity to train and compete at our world-class facilities,” de Laveaga said in a press release.

Terms of the deal were not announced.


Park-Gilbert is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and competes in the California Pacific Conference. Park-Gilbert also offers men’s and women’s cross country, golf, indoor-outdoor track and field, and men’s baseball. Its team previously competed at local schools and parks.


“The state-of-the-art facilities at Bell Bank Park will provide our teams and athletes one of the best experiences in all of NAIA and the Cal Pac,” Park-Gilbert Athletic Director Jeff Fore said in the release. “Our partnership with Legacy Sports USA and Bell Bank Park enhances our experience to focus on our championship goals and student success inside and outside the classroom.”

Park-Gibert opened to students in October 2018.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.