Ignit

The Johnston Ignit Sports Complex is a proposed privately owned sports facility in the Johnston Gateway. The project expects to open in 2023 and include Iowa's largest indoor track and soccer field in addition to indoor training facilities and a multi-purpose eight-court facility. Ignit also plans to construct outdoor volleyball courts, baseball fields and a high-end soccer field. The city is planning for an adjoining public park with includes the metro's first cricket field, several soccer fields and a playground. The facility is planned to meet local residents' sports and recreation needs and host regional and national events. It is expected to attract over 400,000 annual visits, including more than 100,000 out-of-state visits. 

  • 200,000 square foot facility is anticipated to include a large indoor track, full-size indoor soccer field, meeting spaces, fitness areas and eight multi-purpose courts in addition to outdoor recreation space.
  • Ignit sports is a locally owned organization led by Chad and Brian Omeara.
  • Johnston Parks and Recreation will utilize portions of the Ignit facility to expand recreation programming.
  • The City of Johnston is in the process of developing an adjacent park.
  • The Johnston Drive intersection will be designed to handle the traffic flow into Ignit.
  • On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, City Council approved a Planned Use Development zoning designation for the Ignit property.
  • The design can be found here (PDF).

Project information

  • Construction to begin: Early 2022, once the site prep is complete
  • Groundbreaking: Tentatively set for late winter/early spring 2022
  • Completion: Tentatively set for mid-to-late spring 2023

Ignit renderings

IGNIT South Zoomed Out Entry Perspective website
IGNIT South Entry Perspective website
IGNIT SE Entry Perspective website
IGNIT North Entry Perspective website

Ignit construction progress

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Ignit_Fill_10.14.21 (2500x1666)

Project contacts
Facility design, renderings and construction
Chad Omeara
Email Chad
(515) 331-7714

Economic development
Adam Plagge
Email Adam
(515) 727-7774