Business is booming at the new Middletown Sports Complex.
Fifteen birthday parties have already been booked, 30 kids have signed up for youth lacrosse and 15 toddlers have been registered for its “pre-kickers” league.
And these numbers came just three days after the doors opened for business.
The highly anticipated indoor sports facility located on U.S. Route 301 had it’s grand opening Saturday with nearly 500 people passing through between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the owners said.
“We had a great turn out,” said Scott Lobdell, who co-owns the sports complex with fellow soccer dads Brian Laity and Brian Ellis. “We’re very happy with the support.”
All three men said that the support they have been receiving from the community has been great and that it’s a good sign for the Middletown Sports Complex.
What was once the back end of the Bob Wagner Flooring Warehouse has been transformed into a grassy playing field with nets, pitching machines, bats, balls, and lacrosse sticks.
The sports complex canvases about 15,000 square-feet and has ceilings 30-feet high.
“There’s soccer and lacrosse fields and two pitching machines,” Laity said.
The MTownSC, as the center is abbreviated, has already entered its lacrosse teams into a tournament that will play in Dover the weekend before Halloween.
Under-15 will play Oct. 27 and under-18 will play Oct. 28 three games, best record wins tournament at Voodoo Lacrosse.
Along with toddler, youth, and teen leagues, there are also adult leagues and Lobdell said that they already have two teams for indoor soccer.
There will also be a “Black Friday” tournament for several of their youth leagues.
“We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback,” Ellis said. “Everyone’s friendly and positive and thankful for not having to travel anymore.”
Before the sports complex opened in Middletown, the area’s indoor travel teams would have to drive more than 45 minutes to get to their games.
Also, having a roof over the field gives players a one-up over the elements.
The Middletown Sports Center will also be partnering with outside leagues, such as M.O.T. Soccer.
The sports center will host its own youth soccer league and also allow the M.O.T. team to use the facility.
“We’re reaching out to competitive youth teams,” Laity said.
These include indoor and travel leagues.
Besides the turf and netted fields, there are even more games to play.
Right now the back wall is lined with arcade games and by March, the men said that the sports center will have a full arcade.
They also plan on installing a café to serve coffee and sandwiches to parents and a waiting room with WiFi.
Page 2 of 2 - “We’re encouraging people to give feedback,” Laity said. “We want to be better and more fun. We want to bridge the gap between business and families.”
Boot camp trainers have also been inquiring about having boot camp sessions in the morning for adults with push-ups and running and there have been suggestions made that the complex holds fitness competitions.
On Saturday, two members of the Philadelphia Union soccer team and Rocky the Blue Rocks mascot made appearances for the grand opening.
There was also another surprise Sept. 8.
Ellis said that a lot of people wanted to buy shirts.