Coming this fall, athletes will have a new spot to take their training indoors.
A 55,000 sq. foot indoor sports facility, 'Perfect Practice', in Harrisburg will sit on the northern edge of town at the corner of Industrial Drive and 475th (or Cliff) Avenue.
The new state of art facility will provide year round instruction for indoor baseball, softball, hockey, curling, figure skating, basketball, football and volleyball. A second floor mezzanine will offer spectators the ability to comfortably view all sporting events, without sitting directly on the floor or turf. In addition, a computer study room, conference room, full concessions, and weight room will be available to enhance convenience for athletes and visitors to the facility.
Taking shovels to the dirt, Thursday morning, marked the beginning of a new addition to the community.
"We're trying to establish an environment to have several sports in one facility and to avoid the parents having to drive all over town to meet the needs of each sporting event," Perfect Practice owner/president Gary Sperber said.
"There's so many sports in it, basketball, baseball, hockey and you can do it all in one spot without going to many different places," young athlete Conner Sperber said.
Even Harrisburg's mayor knows it's the first of even more growth to come.
"It'll bring new business but it will also help our youth have a place to practice, to go, it'll help our sports and youth leagues flourish," Mayor Julie Burke-Bowen said.
While neighbor, and mom-to-be, Stephanie Vogel didn't know much about the new facility, she's now looking forward to it, especially with a little one on the way.
"It'll be good, nice to have something in town, not have to drive to Sioux Falls, deal with traffic," neighbor Stephanie Vogel said.
And Michael Nordquist, a Harrisburg resident, looks forward to taking his grandchildren.
"I can't imagine why they'd be putting it in Harrisburg, but there's more open area but that's great. I don't like driving so if I can drive that far with my grandchildren. I'm very excited about this," Michael Nordquist said.
"We'll have multiple sports in one building, the location, having hockey. this will compliment what we have in other parts of the city," Sperber said
Leaders with the Perfect Practice hope to open its doors by September, 2013.
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