The Sports Challenge America sports entertainment venue plans to open April 1 near where the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track once stood in Bonita Springs.
PBS Contractors in association with Magic City Casino broke ground on the 5-acre property in March 2022. Miami-based Magic City Casino also owns the Bonita Springs Poker Room at the southeast corner of Bonita Beach Road and Old 41 Road.
“[Magic City Casino] is a well-established wagering company, has been in business for many years, 50 years or more in our area, this is the pilot establishment,” PBS Contractors Senior Project Manager David Minton said. “There is no other location like this in the United States. This is the first that has this type of business plan. And we’re excited for you to be here in Bonita Springs and give Southwest Florida a chance to be the first community to be entertained by this concept.”
Sports Challenge America will feature a six-lane bowling alley along with five golf simulator rooms allowing the challenger to pick from numerous courses around the world. There will be a par-3 challenge hole where the player can wager on themselves. Additionally, a football field-goal kicking challenge, a soccer goal challenge and a baseball pitching and hitting challenge will include wagering components. A full-court shot basketball challenge on an outside court that will also be used for tournament events is also planned.
Minton said the various athletic offerings Sports Challenge America will bring to the area will cater to Southwest Florida’s diverse age demographic. He doesn’t expect many in their 70s to be kicking field goals, but they might enjoy golf, bowling and the atmosphere.
The venue will have a private party room for business and personal events.
Ticketing at Sports Challenge America will depend on what feature or challenge the visitor chooses. There will be attendants scattered around the facility at all of the events to attend to the challengers.
“We’re excited to add this to our community and we’re hopeful that everyone will enjoy their experience when they visit our establishment,” Minton said.