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Group Acquires Erie Bank Sports Park Building; Dome, Fun Park, Outdoor Fields Sold in Separate Deal !

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Group Acquires Erie Bank Sports Park Building; Dome, Fun Park, Outdoor Fields Sold in Separate Deal !

Lilly Broadcasting’s owner and three other partners acquired the Erie Bank Sports Park properties in Summit Township, PA. Thursday afternoon.

The group is buying the building, which houses the two ice rinks, four basketball/volleyball courts and a fitness center. It is located at 8159 Oliver Rd.

The goal of the new owners is to increase the number of kids playing hockey and basketball in the area.

“What’s exciting is that now our youth don’t have to leave the community to perform or compete in their sports,” said Tyler Travis, one of the four partners and director of ESN Fitness and Performance Center. “They can train here. They can compete here. We host all the big events that can be right here in Erie. It’s right off I-90; it’s very convenient. We’re going to bring more people into our community also that will also invest in what we have to offer.”

“We’re super excited,” said Tim Pagano, one of the four partners. “We saw this place as a great opportunity to give back to the community and bring people in from out-of-town, as well to have large tournaments here and stuff like that. Going back to the Junior Tournament we had here a couple of months ago, it’s just a great opportunity to to bring people to the area.”

The name – Erie Bank Sports Park – is staying the same. The existing facilities inside the building will also remain.

Two other partners purchased the sports dome, fun park and outdoor fields. They also completed their acquisition Thursday afternoon.

Work is now underway to remove the driving range in the dome and install a synthetic turf, which will be used for two baseball/softball fields or three indoor soccer fields. 

The new, indoor fields are expected to be ready in about three weeks.

They also plan to start work on bringing the fun park, which includes go-carts, batting cages and mini-golf, back to life. It is expected to be ready in spring 2022.

The mini-bumper boats are being removed. Instead, a beach area will be installed for beach sports like volleyball.

Erie Bank Sports Park and its properties were bought from Greater Regional Erie Athletic Team Training (GREATT). It purchased the former Family First Sports Park in December 2017.

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