Officials in Noblesville are celebrating the opening of the city’s new indoor youth athletic facility and community center. The $24 million Finch Creek Fieldhouse, which officially opens to the public Monday, features 165,000 square feet of space for a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball and soccer.
An invitation-only grand opening celebration was held Saturday evening to give attendees a preview of the amenities offered by the fieldhouse. They include 75,000 square feet of indoor turf field for football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, as well as 11 pitching and hitting tunnels for baseball and softball. There are also five hard-surface courts for basketball and volleyball.
The facility was developed by Hamilton County-based Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC. In a recent appearance on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Co-president Andy Card said Indiana’s location has made the state a prime spot for youth sports.
"As we attract tournaments for Nike, Under Armour, USA Basketball, we’re also the NBA partner for the entire Midwest region," said Card. "A lot of that has to do with the location of Indianapolis and its suburbs and due to the fact that our hotel rooms are more affordable, our airport’s outstanding, and literally the infrastructure of the highways to get in and out of our facilities is superior to the rest of the country."
Plans for the facility were first announced in November 2016. Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC said at the time the fieldhouse, which was being proposed as a $15 million project, would be the most advanced, state-of-the-art indoor sports facility in the country.
Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities also operates the Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield. The company is also in development of another $14 million facility in Pendleton that Card says will focus more on indoor tennis and gymnastics, as well as a large health and wellness component. Card says the close proximity of all three facilities is not a worry.
"In this region, we are fortunate to have tens of thousands of kids that really extend from the west side all the way over to the east side, especially in the northern suburbs," said Card. "There just isn’t a saturation yet. There’s still a big demand."