New Year-Round Sports Facility for Naperville, Illinois

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Naperville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb ranked the second-best place to live in the United States by Money magazine and the number-one city for early retirement by Kiplinger, soon will acquire a state-of-the-art, all-season sports facility. The facility, to be called the Naperville Sports Yard, will feature two artificial-turf soccer fields, four basketball courts, a 50-meter track with six lanes, concession stands, and a day care center. Proposed for a 17.5-acre site near an office complex, the building will occupy 101,140 square feet.
Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase memberships, but the facility will offer programs for both members and nonmembers. Proposed activities will include basketball, volleyball, track, adult and youth soccer, lacrosse, seven-on-seven touch football, and a paintless paintball game.
“A facility like the one proposed for Naperville has enormous potential to satisfy the entertainment and physical activity demands of an affluent, health-conscious community,” says Eric Willin, COO of EZFacility, a sports facility management software developer in Westbury, New York. “Building such a venue in a city known for its early-retiree population is a strategic move.”
With one more hoop to jump through — final approval from the Naperville City Council — facility planners are waiting for the green light before launching construction, but once approval is obtained, construction is expected to be fast-tracked, and the grand-opening should occur by the end of the year. The corporation proposing the complex also operates Westmont Yard, a nearby 73,000-square-foot facility for indoor sports.