Southwest Decatur is home to the one and only Jack Allen Recreation Complex. As you top the hill when you drive up the main entrance off Modaus Road SW, you will see ten international-sized soccer fields on 77 acres of beautifully manicured turf. It’s no surprise that Jack Allen Recreation Complex quickly became recognized as one of the most trailblazing sporting complexes in the Southeast. Jack Allen Recreation Complex remains a state-of-the-art facility, setting the standard for sports tourism as we know it.
The goal was simple and mapping out where we needed to go to “win” as a team was our first shot.
When cities construct a new facility, they do so because it’s necessary to keep up with the times or the competition. That was positively not the case for Decatur trailblazers, Mayor Lynn Fowler and Jeff Dunlap. They had a common goal of creating a basic sports complex far beyond the typical and took their shot. Their vision paid off.
After observing other facilities, researching different possibilities, and taking notes on what worked and didn’t from gained experience and research,
Jeff Dunlap brought forth the vision for a world-class facility that remains one of Decatur’s most significant assets years later.
Jack Allen hosts numerous soccer events each year, including adult and youth international games, Alabama State Cup Championships, Presidents Cup, the NAIA Women’s Soccer Championships, USA Archery, River City Rivalry Lacrosse, and more. The Open Cup has also hosted tournaments with teams from 8 different countries. Several colleges have played games at JARC for exhibition and season league games. Perhaps the most memorable would be April 9, 2006, when the NCAA Duke Women’s team defeated the Mexico National Women’s team 1-0 in front of a capacity crowd.
Jack Allen Recreation Complex also hosts our local Decatur Soccer Association and our local club teams, River City United, for their practices and games, giving the residents of Decatur access to this incredible facility. Jack Allen Recreation Complex has also been the site for Ultimate Frisbee Tournaments, Flag Football, and the NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competitions.