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Council Bluffs should have a ball at new sports facility

November 20, 2016 GMT

Construction was in full swing inside the large building on Saturday, but Adam Bishop could already see the finished product.

“This is going to be beautiful,” he said gazing about. “We’re super excited.”

Bishop is the general manager for FieldhouseUSA, a state-of-the-art sports facility nearing completion by the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.

With 105,000 square feet of space, the facility will feature eight basketball courts that can change to 12 volleyball courts in about one minute’s time because the hoops and nets come down into place from the ceiling, Bishop said.

The ceiling also features exposed insulation to prevent sounds from echoing about.

A long seating area is being installed and bleachers can be placed along the courts for family and friends to watch the action up close.

Eight scoreboards will be installed on the walls, along with four 80-inch screen televisions that could be used for marketing purposes. When hunger and thirst strike, a full-service concession area will offer relief with burgers, fries, wings, pop, etc. Near the main entry, which will face west, a room will be available for meetings. A large area is also being built to encourage sports-related retailers to set up shop.

“We’re going to have national events, as well as local and regional events,” Bishop said.

In fact, he anticipates 15 to 20 events will take place there next year and 25 or so three years later.

The facility also can host other activities, including hardcourt soccer, wrestling, yoga, pickle ball and dodge ball.

“We’ll have adult leagues, but mostly it’s a youth-based facility,” Bishop said.

It should be ready to open in early to mid-December, he said.

FieldhouseUSA currently has a facility in Frisco, Texas, that opened in March of 2009, creating a $150 million economic impact to that community since then, Bishop said. By the end of this year, 1.6 million people will have visited that facility, he said. He anticipates 750,000 will visit the Council Bluffs facility next year.

“Our mission here is to provide southwest Iowa with a multi-indoor sports facility, but also to drive economic development and impact to Council Bluffs,” Bishop said.

Youth basketball and volleyball leagues, as well as winter camps are now being formed. Visit FieldhouseUSA’s web site at www.fieldhouseusa.com for details.