In Victor, a developer proposed a 96-acre development off Route 96 called Pinnacle Athletic Campus. The Democrat and Chronicle reports it would be an 83,000 square foot facility with fields for soccer, softball and other sports.
In Walworth, a development group made up of parents has proposed a 147-acre complex on Route 441. YNN reports the Youth Sports Depot would have, “indoor soccer and lacrosse fields, basketball courts, martial arts academy, restaurant, and pre-school.” The developers drew a comparison with Total Sports Experience in Gates.
In Skaneateles, an orthopedic surgeon has proposed a 100-acre athletic complex that would also have medical facilities. The Post-Standard reports Victory Campus would have “four multi-use artificial turf fields the size of football fields, two multi-use natural grass fields (also the size of football fields) and six baseball- and softball-only fields.”
Is there are market for these giant facilities? In Upstate New York, winter prevents many sports from being played year round. We’ve managed to get by for centuries without playing soccer in winter. Are times changing?
Perhaps there’s something else going on here. Parents may prefer the more controlled atmosphere of indoor sports, along with amenities such as food and locker rooms.
Pinnacle Indoor Sports Consulting, based in Arizona, asks developers to consider 100 questions about their projects. The questions cover construction costs, market demand, operational costs, corporate sponsorships and marketing.
We’ve already seen one indoor sports facility in the Rochester area face financial struggles – the former ESL Sports Centre.
It’s important developers demonstrate they can maintain these facilities as we pave over green space to create indoor parks.
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