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CT. Borough gets ball rolling on indoor sports complex project !

Naugatuck, CT.  Mayor N. Warren ‘Pete’ Hess, right, discusses a proposal to build an indoor sports complex on New Haven Road as Burgess Mike Bronko listens during a workshop Jan. 15 at the Naugatuck Event Center. –ANDREAS YILMA

NAUGATUCK, CT. — Borough officials got the ball rolling last week on a project to develop an indoor sports complex in Naugatuck.

The plan, as officials envision it, is to find a developer and operator to build and run a multi-sport indoor complex without using any borough funds.

“Not only is this a good thing for the town and something we need, but it is something that is good for economic development. … It’s going to be a tax generator,” said Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess as he led a workshop on the proposal Jan. 15 at the Naugatuck Event Center.

Officials are proposing to build the complex on a roughly 13-acre property on New Haven Road between Warren Avenue and Osborn Road. The land is across from the entrance to the former Peter Paul site. The borough acquired the property less than a year ago in a foreclosure, Hess said.

A preliminary, proposed site plan showed an 80,000-square-foot facility with 223 parking spaces. Hess briefly talked about a 120,000-square-foot facility, but that would mean 100 less parking spaces, and those at the workshop stressed the importance of having ample parking at such facilities.

Officials estimate the site work needed at the property would cost about $800,000 due to the topography of the land and some ledge in the area, Hess said.

About two dozen people attended the workshop and many of them were involved with a sport, including soccer, baseball, rock climbing and skateboarding. Members of the public spoke of wanting a multi-level facility with concessions.

Spencer Parrish, a Waterbury resident and Senior Olympic medalist, pitched the idea for an Olympic standard indoor sports complex. He suggested the borough could get a sports company to sponsor it.

“This is going to be a win-win situation for Naugatuck because if you build it, you are going to attract national and international events, if it’s built to the right standards,” Parrish said in regards to the Olympic standards. “Build me a high school indoor track, that’s not going to attract anything.”

For others, another place to play and practice is welcome.

“We got to have teams practicing together because there’s just not a lot of options for us. This building right here, if it’s done right, it could be mean the world for all of these other sports,” said James Brown, who coaches the Naugatuck Nighthawks, a travel basketball team, and the Connecticut Dream, an AAU basketball team. “If you are catering to every single sport in town, it means that the youth here is going to be good.”

Officials plan to visit other indoor sports complexes to get ideas and work to firm up the details of the project. The hope is to issue a request for proposals for a developer before spring.

Officials plan to hold another workshop to continue discussing the proposal in the coming weeks.

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Mega sports complex with inflatable dome, obstacle course to open this year !

Artist's rendering of the Apex Sports & Events building

Artist’s rendering of the Apex Sports & Events building

Somerset, NJ – A highly-anticipated Central Jersey sports complex – complete with indoor and outdoor fields, a massive obstacle course, and an inflatable dome – will begin its phased opening in just a few months.

The Apex Sports and Events Complex, its developers say, will put an end to athletes and families from Hillsborough having to travel back and forth to neighboring towns for practices and games.

The complex’s outdoor fields are scheduled to open in March and the indoor facilities should be ready to go in September, according to business development and events director Fred Ewig.

The complex will have three outdoor turf fields. The indoor section will have a fourth artificial turf field, basketball and volleyball courts, rock climbing, and a kids adventure area modeled after the agility course on the television show “American Ninja Warrior.”

Apex hasn’t limited itself to just sports. There will also be an arcade, virtual reality space, and a ropes course, inside the 123,395 square-foot complex.

The sports center sits next to The Mountainview Park Complex, a county park, and was bought in a land swap with Somerset County. Owner Gregg Wilke purchased the 40 acres of land in exchange for turning over 19.5 acres of land he owns on nearby Hillsborough Road.

The Hillsborough Road site will become part of the county’s farmland preservation program.

Construction of the complex is expected cost $23 million.

“Its a breath of fresh air to think that this group of investors came together to have something like this in town,” said Hillarie McGovern- Scannelli, a Hillsborough resident whose children participate in sports.

McGovern- Scannelli said she is excited for Apex to open because there isn’t anything like it in town. She hopes the complex will make things easier for parents whose kids are enrolled in sports because they often have to travel to other towns to play games, even if it is two Hillsborough teams playing against each other.

The complex was originally scheduled to open in the fall but unexpected construction delays and site clean-up pushed construction back by several months. Building progress is now in full swing, Ewing said.

“I was born and raised in Hillsborough, and we’ve never had a place for kids to go outside of a few parks, and really not anywhere they could go in bad weather,” said Mayor Doug Tomson. “This will give our children just a place they can go during the winter the summer and the spring and have access to high-quality fields.”

As part of Apex’s private-public partnership with Hillsborough, 400 hours of play time on two of the turf fields have been reserved for the Hillsborough Township Parks and Recreation Department, at no charge to the department, said general manager Sandra Weingart.

One of the most highly anticipated areas in the complex is a multi-purpose field that will be covered by an inflatable dome, with 86,000 square feet of field space inside, and is climate controlled.

Although it is not open yet, Apex is already getting requests to book the space for events that range from dog shows to baton twirling.

“We’re trying to get people off the couch and be more active,” Weingart said. “We want to be a place that has something for everyone and all activity levels. I just bought pickleball equipment for our senior citizens, and we just finalized our youth development programs for five and six-year-olds.”

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Multi-sport complex and esports venue proposed by Onondaga County Executive !

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon wants to stay ahead of the curve with entertainment infrastructure.

He’s studying the feasibility of a $30 to $35-million indoor/outdoor sports complex in the county.

McMahon told NewsChannel 9 that the complex would preferably have between nine and twelve outdoor turf fields and a roughly 2,500 seat stadium. This could host sports like soccer and lacrosse.

He also would like it to have a large indoor bubble for hosting things in the winter months like basketball, track, possibly baseball, along with soccer and lacrosse.

He sees it servicing community needs during the week and also bringing people from outside the community here on weekends.

“You want to be first to market, you want to do it in a way that’s right, put it in an area that makes sense where people want to come back,” McMahon said.

He said that this multi-use complex is going to need a lot of land, between 50 and 75 acres. He also said it will need to be near amenities like hotels, restaurants, shopping and he put a few spots in Salina high on his list.

“We’re certainly looking at a couple of locations around Salina for sure. And that helps some of the complaints that we’ve heard from the 81 process too.” said McMahon. “We’re concerned about changing the traffic patterns we’ll lose hotel room nights, well this project is going to bring 50,000 new hotel rooms into the community that might deal with that issue, right.”

He said they’re also working on funding the project and they’re looking at a possible partnership with the state.

“Think of what we did with NBT Bank Stadium, we paid half, they paid half. If we get the room tax increase we’re asking for we’ll then be able to help fund this operation,” he said.

The other real opportunity McMahon sees for Onondaga County is an esports venue.

The county executive told NewsChannel 9 that he would like, by the end of 2020, to have a plan for a permanent space for esports in the city.

Downtown and the Inner Harbor could be strong candidates for such a venue, and then other bigger existing venues could be used for hosting regional and national tournaments.

“You think about Manley Field House, the Carrier Dome, the War Memorial, some of our Oncenter complex, SRC Arena, we could really, really do something special here. And again the more money that comes into our community from outside the more success the hotels will have, which creates jobs, but we run your government on sales tax,” he said.

McMahon also said, “That is our fastest growing revenue, it makes up over half of our budget as far as revenue goes. So, the more people coming into the area spending money and more money we capture being spent in our community means we’ll be able to keep your property taxes low.”

He also said they will be looking at other venues to help address the need for turf baseball/softball fields.

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Let the games begin at Cedar Point Sports Center !

SANDUSKY, OH. — The U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” featured phenomenal basketball talents like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Similarly, over the past decade, many local officials and area executives came together to assemble their own superstar squad, which involved recruiting marquee players of varying talents uniting for one common community goal.

Without their teamwork, a state-of-the-art, gold-medal-worthy indoor sports arena couldn’t have opened — like it did on Friday.

About 300 people attended an unveiling and tip-off ceremony at the newly minted Cedar Point Sports Center on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6).

Officials and dignitaries gather at the Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky for it grand opening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Breaking ground in July 2018, the $42 million indoor complex sits beside its sister site Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

From travel teams to community members, with a heavy focus on youth participation, people can compete in several sports inside a 145,000-square-foot playing area. The zone can cater to basketball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, gymnastics, dancing, cheerleading and pickleball.

Guests can also partake in many other on-site activities, ranging from climbing obstacle courses to exercising on a one-eighth-mile-long track.

The center aims to provide a game-changing experience for athletes, young and old, near and far, said Duff Milkie, Cedar Fair’s general counsel and executive vice president. Cedar Fair is Cedar Point’s parent company.

“This project, and so many others, are occurring in our community to raise the bar and fortify our foundation for growth and development,” Milkie said.

Duff Milkie, Cedar Fair’s general counsel and executive vice president. Cedar Fair is Cedar Point’s parent company, speaks during the Cedar Point Sport Center’s grand opening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Dishing out assists

When dignitaries spoke during the ceremony, no one person representing a single employer fully took credit. Rather everyone shared in the recognition:

• Cedar Point and Cedar Fair took the lead by first proposing the idea, bringing stakeholders together and now owning the land where this very indoor complex sits. Milkie, along with former Cedar Point CEO Matt Ouimet and his successor, Richard Zimmerman, wholeheartedly advocated for the sports-tourism initiative.

• The amusement park hired Sports Facilities Management and its affiliated company, Sports Facilities Advisory, to attract youth-based teams from all across North America to play games there. Together they oversee a portfolio exceeding $6 billion in sports and entertainment centers and manage about 15 venues nationwide.

• The above paired up with Firelands Regional Medical Center which opened the Lee C. Jewett Sports Medicine Center within this complex. Both athletes competing at the sports center and community members can receive treatment at this health care facility specializing in physical, occupational, speech therapy and sports medicine services.

Alice Springer, Firelands Regional Medical Center’s director of development, sits on a bench after unveiling a statue of Lee Jewett during the grand opening event at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The center houses the Lee C. Jewett Sports Medicine Center specializing in physical, occupational, speech therapy and sports medicine services.

• Erie County’s government, shepherded by commissioners Pat Shenigo and Matt Old, approved several policies for the project. One includes increasing Erie County’s bed tax rate, the primary funding mechanism paying for this arena. Not a single cent of local taxpayer money went or will go toward the project.

• Hoteliers, through convincing by staff from Lake Erie Shores & Islands, the area’s tourism bureau, also agreed to the bed tax increase. The extra money generated by guests staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping in stores will generate additional tax dollars eventually going into budgets overseen by local governments. The center’s early projections show many more guests staying in these lodges, helping these hoteliers profit.

• Sandusky’s government — spearheaded by ex officio mayor Dennis Murray Jr.; commissioners Dick Brady, Naomi Twine and Dave Waddington; along with city manager Eric Wobser — backed resolutions dovetailing with the center’s development.

• Erie MetroParks, which could’ve bought this land before Cedar Point did, worked with the amusement park and Cedar Fair on a sales agreement. In return, both companies promised to preserve wetlands abutting this property for a future park, named The Landing, which includes expanding the Sandusky Bay Pathway through this area.

• Area representatives — from past officeholders Steve Arndt and Randy Gardner to incumbents Theresa Gavarone and D.J. Swearingen —  have and continue to champion the cause in Columbus.

Multiple county-based school districts and recreational organizations signed agreements which allow students in their districts to practice and play games there.

Officials and dignitaries gather at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky for it grand opening ceremony on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

“This is a shared success,” Milkie said. “It took everyone to go in the same direction. We raised our expectations, and then we met those expectations. Through collaboration, the community came together and, for that, we all owe ourselves a round of applause.”

Many attributed Milkie, on the private side, and Shenigo, on the public side, as the project’s co-captains. They first conceived the idea about 10 years ago during a friendly get together and, ever since then, worked tirelessly to fund, develop and build it with their project partners.

“While this took many years to accomplish, without our partnerships, this project would have never happened,” Shenigo said. “We owe you all our deepest appreciation for making what was just a dream turn into a reality.”

Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo, left, and Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman jump for the ceremonial first tip at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The two, along with about 300 others, attended the center’s grand opening.

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Reducing Risk: Fan Safety 2020 !

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The urgency of safety.

“My wife heard it. It was the worst noise she’s ever heard — the crack of my skull.”

These are the words of Major League Baseball fan, Dwayne Sowa. He was struck on the right side of his forehead by a foul ball at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park in 2014 (learn more). He needed surgery to fix a crushed bone above his right eye, and still suffers from lingering side effects.

For this, and many other reasons, the importance of safety considerations for fans cannot be overstated – or overlooked — at today’s ballparks.

Sowa’s injury is but one of many that occur each year at MLB stadiums. About 1,750 spectators are hurt each year (learn more) by batted balls — mainly fouls — at major league games, as reported by Bloomberg News. Doing the math, that’s a person who is injured by an errant ball at least twice out of every three major-league games. That’s more often than a batter is hit by a pitch (1,536 times last season per Elias Sports Bureau Inc.). That’s just a few statistics from the majors. There are hundreds of minor league and college-level teams in the U.S. so you can only imagine how many more people are getting injured.

The situation is serious.

It’s serious enough to warrant the attention of two U.S. Senators. They put pressure on MLB (learn more) to become more proactive about fan safety. In the summer of 2019, the Chicago White Sox became the first major league team to extend protective netting. The White Sox decision was just the beginning. By December 2019, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all 30 MLB teams would expand netting (learn more) in 2020. Interestingly, there was no rule passed that led to this unanimous safety upgrade. As Manfred described, “we talked to the clubs, made the case that extending netting was the thing to do, and the clubs individually responded in a positive way.”

Positive action should continue in 2020.

In the summer of 2019, the issue of fans suffering injuries by batted balls was concerning enough that I felt I needed to speak up and share my point of view — Why is this continuing to happen? On the heels of the MLB safety decision, momentum from these developments continues and additional conversations about fan safety continue to filter down to every level of the sport. The message is clear: fan safety is paramount and must be given highest priority.

At Beacon, we champion fan safety. We are 100% behind helping organizations — from city-run little league fields all the way to professional stadiums — make their fields of play in 2020 a safer venue to watch America’s pastime.

— John


Related Article: Fan Safety: 5 Things to ConsiderWhether you are an athletic director, a facility manager, a grounds keeper for a municipality or a coach, here are five tips to help you make sure your field and overall facility is as safe as it can be for players and spectators.

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Large decline in youth football raises questions !

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While numbers of youth football players are declining, flag football participation by youth is increasing.

Before most players in the National Football League wore a pro jersey, they had to put on a college jersey. Before they wore college colors, they probably donned a high school jersey. Before that, many wore youth football jerseys.

That unbroken progression has existed for generations, but lifelong players are becoming more of an anomaly than the norm.

Participation in tackle football has declined dramatically over the past 10 years for many reasons, most predominantly player health. With high school participation dropping to its lowest point since 2000 according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, youth tackle football numbers are most concerning to those with a vested interest in the game.

For football to make a comeback and secure its spot at the top of the American sports food chain, experts say it has to adapt by making changes to safety, equipment, legislation and manner of play.

The problem youth and high school tackle football face is the increased prevalence of head injuries and the multiple unknowns of impact on a youth brain, which will require further research, said Dr. Anikar Chhabra, director of sports medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

“The long-term effects of head injuries and repetitive head injuries starting at a young age are a little bit more unknown than the adult who gets a head injury,” Chhabra said. “The unknown is what happens with repetitive head drama. We know there’s an effect, but we can’t really prove it.”

Muhammad Oliver, 50, spent five years in the NFL playing for five teams, and four years in the Arena Football League playing for the Arizona Rattlers. Oliver still believes football is the ultimate team game and teaches youth skills that translate off the field.

“When you’re in a work environment, you have co-workers you depend on to get a project done. Well, it’s the same thing in football,” Oliver said. “Our defensive backs have to rely on our linebackers and defensive line. Our receivers rely on our quarterback and offensive line. Everybody relies on each other. And you realize how important it is everybody does their job, including you in order for the team to be successful.”

Oliver’s son, Isaiah, is a cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, but Muhammad Oliver said he will not let his younger children play tackle football until they are at least 12 years old.

Oliver said his 5-year-old and 8-year-old ask him all the time if they can play tackle before they turn 12, to which he says, “Yeah, it’s not happening. Nope, not happening.”

He’s not alone.

In September, the NFSHSA witnessed its first decline in high school sports participation in 30 years. The number fell from about 7.98 million to about 7.94 million – a 43,395 difference – with football the biggest contributor to the decline.

According to the NFSHSA, participation in high school football dropped by nearly 31,000 participants to about 1.006 million, which is the lowest mark since the 1.002 million mark in the 1999-2000 school year.

In spite of the drop in participants, the number of schools carrying traditional 11-man football teams rose. For context, the average number of boys on a high school football team was 79 a decade ago. Now, the average is about 70.

From 2006-2017, the number of people of all ages participating in tackle football dropped from 8.4 million to 5.22 million – a 37.8 percent decrease.

The decrease began around the time head injuries, like concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), came to the forefront of neurological medicine, specifically relating to tackle football.

In 2005, pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu published a study about CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated concussive and subconcussive blows to the head. Omalu battled with football advocates and the National Football League over the validity of the study and CTE. His findings are now internationally recognized.

Omalu’s story became the 2015 movie “Concussion.” The most precipitous drops in football participation came in the years after the movie’s release.

“Now I see a lot of my friends (who played in the NFL) going through a lot of injuries and memory loss and all kinds of stuff like that,” Oliver said.

The increased awareness of head injuries had a significant impact on the game of football. It made parents such as Aneesha Sullivan fear for their children’s safety.

“I think my focus is head injuries because I know the consequences of head injuries,” Sullivan said. “Minor head injuries can have long-term consequences. So if they’re injuring themselves at a young age while they’re still developing, I think it makes no sense at all.”

Dr. Javier Cardenas, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix and a member of the NFL head, neck and spine committee, said what is known right now is it takes adolescents over twice as long to heal from a concussion as it does for an adult.

The average time needed for an adolescent to heal from a concussion is three weeks as opposed to a fully grown and developed person, who takes anywhere from seven to 10 days, Cardenas said.

Parents such as Sullivan, who is a physician’s assistant in family medicine in Tolleson, find themselves in a quandary: let your child play football and assume a greater risk to head injuries, or keep them from a beloved American game.

Not all forms of football are going by the wayside, however. One of tackle football’s biggest competitors is another form of the game: flag football.

From 2014 to 2018, flag football participation at all levels rose by just over 16% – from 5.51 million participants to 6.57 million.  

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Avera reinflates sports dome, installs new turf. !

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – A Sioux Falls sports complex is nearly back in working order.

The Avera Sports Institute’s dome was reinflated over the weekend. Today, new turf was installed.

The dome was destroyed back in September during a night when three tornadoes hit Sioux Falls.

The hard structure of the complex, which housed offices and other training areas was unaffected by the storm.

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U.S. Pickleball Association adds major championship at Alabama facility. !

Hoover, Ala. – The United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) has announced the addition of a major championship to the yearly playing calendar.

The 2020 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships will be played on June 9-13 at the Finley Center, part of the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, Ala., just outside of Birmingham.

Nearly 1,000 players are expected, all competing in age/skill brackets.

“Coming off a thrilling Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, we are now adding a major event for indoor play that will certainly draw pickleball’s finest as the USAPA continues to grow this incredible sport throughout the country and beyond,” said Karen Parrish, director of competition for the USAPA.

The Finley Center is located in the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, Ala.

The National Indoor Championships will feature five days of events featuring singles, doubles and mixed doubles in skill/age brackets. Gold medalists from each division will receive a pre-registration spot for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Championships. The sport’s premier event will be played at Indian Wells, Calif., on Oct. 31–Nov. 7, 2020.

Registration for the 2020 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships will get under way on Jan. 15, 2020 at pickleballtournaments.com.

The Finley Center is a state-of-the-art sports complex and event venue that will transform its nearly 100,000 square feet of indoor playing space into 32 pickleball courts. A stadium court for championship play also will be featured for tournament action.

“Aside from being an outstanding facility, the complex also offers Hoover RV Park and plenty of parking for players and spectators alike.” Parrish said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better facility to stage our inaugural indoor championship.”

Additional site information can be found at www.hoovermetcomplex.com.

For more information on the 2020 USAPA Pickleball National Indoor Championships, visit www.usapa.org.

USAPA is a non-profit that was established in 2005 to further the advancement of the sport on a national level. As the official governing body of pickleball in the United States, USAPA promotes the growth of pickleball by maintaining the rules, setting player ratings, advancing the sport through its national network of 1,900 ambassadors and sanctioning tournaments.

During the past five years, USAPA has realized a growth of 650 in its membership, which now totals about 39,000.

USAPA is divided into 11 regions across the country with all 50 states being represented. The extensive group of volunteer ambassadors oversees the sport in their respective states. For more information, visit www.usapa.org.

Pickleball is hugely popular in The Villages. The mega-retirement community features more than 100 courts and residents of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown have the advantage of being able to play the sport and participate in a variety of tournaments on a year-round basis.

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