510 Gadsden Highway
The building was constructed as a SportPlex fitness center in 1983. The facility included weight rooms, a gymnasium, racquetball courts and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as meeting rooms, card tables and a full-service bar. At its height, SportPlex had more than 3,000 members.
On January 1, 2012 SportPlex was acquired by NeXT Total Fitness. Unforeseen expenses in repairing a major gas leak and addressing building code deficiencies forced the center to close its doors on November 26, 2014. The property was later acquired by the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, but remains unoccupied.
- Bowick, Jean (November 25, 2014) "NEXT Total Fitness in Roebuck to Close this Month." The Birmingham Times