Grand Park Fieldhouse plans become clearer for private project in Westfield
On Sept. 23, the city said a group of local investors announced their idea for Grand Park Fieldhouse, an indoor facility for basketball and volleyball worth an estimated $6 million. Since then the plans have changed and the private project has grown.
Westfield Associate Planner Andrew Murray said the proposed building is eight acres and 86,930 square feet. It will consist of eight full-sized basketball courts – six will be used fulltime for basketball and two will be transitional courts where a turf field may be added. The project will be fully funded privately but the developers have asked for a trail connection to Grand Park.
The group developing Grand Park Fieldhouse includes entrepreneur Andy Card and other local investors. Card previously said the idea started almost a year and a half ago after a basketball game on a napkin at a Mexican restaurant.
“I was sitting there, talking about doing this and Clint Cushman from Henke Group said, ‘I’ve got a guy that I’m telling you this was meant to be, you and I had dinner.’ So we continued to ignore the other 12 people at the table for the next two hours drawing on the tablecloth and napkins and he’s texting people. Ever since then it’s just gained a lot of momentum,” he said.
The fieldhouse will be east of Grand Park Parking Lot G. The developers said it was brought up by a third party to have a sports rehabilitation facility onsite. The building also will include locker rooms, offices and possibly a café.
“Our intention is to make it the cutting edge indoor basketball, volleyball facility in the Midwest to go along with the Westfield Sports Complex here, which is known nationally for its quality,” Card said. “Putting this fieldhouse here in Westfield is going to get some young men and women I believe opportunities they may not have ever had … It helps them have a place to go, play and tone up their athletics and be at a place where good things are happening with good role models.”
The fieldhouse will have 60 fulltime employees and is hopeful to open in January 2016.