Noblesville to build new indoor sports complex near I-69

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Indianapolis has carved out quite a niche when it comes to amateur sports, but Hamilton County is applying that example to another area of sports: youth sports.

Westfield started it with Grand Park and now Noblesville is following suit with a fieldhouse of its own.

It takes a vision to look at ten acres of land and see what could be. That is exactly what the City of Noblesville is showing with its latest economic development announcement.

"The City of Noblesville is preparing to build brand new $15 million sports facility for our residents and visitors we want to come here," Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear proclaimed at the announcement held at City Hall on Tuesday.

It will take up ten acres out of the proposed 200-acre Finch Creek Park to be located along 156th and Boden Road.

"The facility will be the gold standard of youth athletic facilities in the United States. There will be nothing like it in the United States," Andy Card from Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC said.

It will include five hardwood courts, 75,000 square feet of indoor turf and much more.

"We have HD cameras on every court. High-def film of your children playing. If Mom and Dad are out of town, they can still log in and watch it live on a computer," Mike Klipsch from Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC added.

There was some belief the fieldhouse was built to compete with Westfield's Grand Park, but the emphasis on Astroturf and volleyball actually is designed to expand Hamilton County's footprint into youth sports. That point was underscored in the hiring of Klipsch & Card to plan, develop, oversee construction and then will help run the Noblesville Fieldhouse. That firm runs the Westfield Fieldhouse as well.

"The other problem is not enough hotels for this new niche. So many people are traveling here every week and you are starting to see hotels pop up in Westfield as a result and more in Noblesville, so it's making it a location for weekend athletes to come to Hamilton County," Klipsch continued.

The Noblesville Fieldhouse is expected to be open in 2018. The massive Finch Creek Park which will be the city's sixth park will open later that same year.

While there is a lot of excitement and anticipation about the Noblesville Fieldhouse and Finch Creek Park, the project must still be approved by the Noblesville City Council. That meeting is set for December 6th.

The City of Noblesville will contribute $800,000 annually into the two projects but expects that to decrease as the property generates its own property taxes to fund itself.

About the project:

The project, in partnership with Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities, LLC, will occupy land along 166th Street and Boden Road, north of Klipsch Music Center and near State Road 38 and Interstate 69.

Klipsch-Card currently operate the indoor complex at Grand Park in Westfield.

The proposed complex, which needs approval by the Noblesville City Council, would cost an estimated $15 million.

The 130,000-square-foot complex would include five wood floor courts for basketball/volleyball tournaments, a 75,000-square-foot turf field, and 10,000-square-foot physical therapy office.

Klipsch-Card would own and operate that facility.

Ditslear expects the complex to spur tourism and benefit local businesses.


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