Compiled by James Feichtner
What Happened: The first reading of the proposed Saxony PUD text to develop a large $76 million mix-use sports complex near 136th Street and Olio Road was presented to the council. The city council passed the first reading on the text regarding the proposed facility. This marks the beginning of the project’s timeline.
A presentation was given to the council stating the goals the sports complex will have on the city. Presenters focus on the facility providing a world class sports and entertainment center that is accessible to both the community and the nation. The complex would be an ideal center for amateur and professional athletes alike. Presenters also are hoping to work with the US Olympic committee to designate it as an official Olympic grade facility. The facility would support various sports venues such as track and field, mat-, court- and turf-based.
A 4,200 to 6,000 seat arena with suite level seating that can stage athletic events, trade shows, concerts and other forms of entertainment.
It will include two sheets of ice (one in the main arena) and is capable of supporting hard courts for basketball and volleyball; mats for wrestling and gymnastics; and staging for musical acts.
Total investment: $27 million
A 245,000 square feet facility built with logistics technology that allows for flexible use. The building includes: hard court surface and turf (up to 32 basketball/volleyball courts), space for at least one full football field, a mezzanine level with a track for walking or jogging and a 200-meter running track.
Total investments: $32 million
The first phase includes a 600-space, three-level parking garage. The second phase includes a potential 700-space surface parking lot.
Total investment for parking garage: $8.4 million
What’s next: Proposed facility would supply various benefits to the city such as the creation new jobs within the community, improving city tourism, allocating commerce to surrounding businesses and would “place the city on an international, national and regional platform for attracting world-class events, athletes, entertainers and recreational participants,” as well as act as a community gathering place for the citizens of Fishers. The project’s discussion will continue at a plan commission meeting on May 12 with a public hearing.