Lawrenceburg Could Be Getting A Sports Bubble
By Mike Perleberg
Lawrenceburg could soon be home to an indoor sports facility under a pressurized dome, similar to the one seen in this photo in Ontario, Canada. Photo via The Farley Group.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A northern Kentucky company wants to make a major investment to bring an indoor sports facility to Lawrenceburg.
Lawrenceburg City Council is being asked by Town & Country Sports and Health Club for incentives and infrastructure to build a 110,000-square-foot indoor sports facility on a four-acre site near the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds.
Most of the facility would be inside an 80-foot-tall pressurized bubble. The front entrance of the building, some offices, and an air lock would be in a brick and mortar structure connected to the bubble. The investment could be up to $10 million.
It could be the only such facility in the tri-state beside a bubble at the University of Cincinnati, where the school’s athletic teams – and sometimes the Cincinnati Bengals – hold practices.
Town & Country Sports president J.T. Roberts told council on Monday that the facility could host tournaments and leagues in sports including soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball.
“We would like to make this a sports destination area,” Roberts said.
Based on past history at its other facility in Wilder, Kentucky, the company estimates the economic impact of 500,000 people coming to use the facility is $5 million. Up to 30 jobs would be created, added Roberts.
Roberts said Town & Country may be able to partner with the Lawrenceburg Conservancy District and the cities of Lawrenceburg and Greendale to use their athletic fields to host larger tournaments.
Dearborn County Hospital is a supporter of the project. CEO Michael Schwebler said DCH may put a sports medicine and physical therapy office at Town & Country.
“We’re excited about having an appearance on Route 50 where we would have more exposure to the public as they move back and forth. We need to get down off the hill and down into the community. We would really like to see the project go forward because we want to be a participant in it and think it could bring great benefits to the community and help us with our outreach strategy,” said Schwebler.
Roberts said Town & Country would like to open a Lawrenceburg facility in the fall of 2018.
Monday’s presentation to city council was for information only, said Mayor Kelly Mollaun. Council did not take action on or discuss possible incentives or aid for the project.