Coming Fall 2017!

The new Arena Sports facility in Mill Creek received city approval to move forward! Opening anticipated for Fall 2017. The 98,000 square foot facility will be our largest and will include a full family entertainment center destined to be the go-to destination for parties, special events, group activities and more. Activities include:

  • Indoor inflatable playground
  • Bowling – both full-size lanes and mini five-pin lanes
  • Multi-floor laser tag arena
  • Rock climbing tower
  • Two-story ropes course – 2018
  • 100 Arcade games — timeless favorites as well as new virtual reality games
  • Party and meeting space
  • On-site dining – Pizza restaurant as well as beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Community meeting space – free for partner sports clubs and organizations to utilize

And of course all of the old favorites that make Arena Sports so popular will be there, including:

  • 2 indoor soccer fields
  • Adult leagues – recreational and competitive
  • Youth leagues – all skill levels, ages 5 (U6) through high school
  • Lil’ Kickers developmental soccer program for kids ages 18 months to 9 years
  • Skills Institute technical soccer training for kids ages 5 – 12
  • Camps

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February 15, 2017

Mill Creek sports complex gets the thumbs up

Mill Creek is experiencing a growth spurt. The recent approval of a recreation complex by the hearing examiner is the latest example. The hearing examiner approved construction of the 98,000-square-foot indoor Arena Sports building at 13518 Bothell-Everett Highway.

“We are pleased with the hearing examiner’s decision,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “This arena sports facility will have tremendous positive impact for our community. Supporting our city goal about recreational opportunities, it will provide diverse opportunities for families and neighbors to get out, recreate together, and enhance our strong community bond.”

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February 12, 2017

Builders hope to start work on Mill Creek sports arena soon

MILL CREEK — The company hoping to build an indoor sports complex here cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when the city hearing examiner ruled the project could move ahead.

The proposed building off the Bothell-Everett Highway at Dumas Road would house two soccer fields, laser tag and eight bowling lanes. Redmond-based Arena Sports hopes to break ground within months.

“We’re hoping in April or May,” said Don Crowe, the company’s CEO. “It depends on the permit process.”

If plans hold, the arena could open early next year.

Hearing Examiner Pro Tem Emily Terrell listened to testimony about the project Jan. 25. No formal appeal was filed, but some neighbors spoke of concerns such as traffic, light and noise.

The proposed site covers 6.7 acres across the Bothell-Everett Highway from Jackson High School.

It would include 96,000 square feet of interior space and a lot with 382 parking spaces.

The facility would be larger than the four venues Arena Sports already operates in King County.

Along with soccer pitches and bowling lanes, plans show a warm-up area, an inflatable playground, arcade games, bumper cars, rock-climbing and a ropes course. There would be a kitchen and rooms for hosting parties.

“We won’t have all of that on day one, but that’s the long-term plan,” Crowe said.

Company representatives have said they expect to invest $17 million. The site would employ 200 people and stay open seven days a week.

“It’s a combination of indoor sports center and a family entertainment center,” Crowe said. “It’s the first time that’s been done in this area.”

Snohomish County Sports Commission director Tammy Dunn said the arena would offer new possibilities for hosting tournaments. Mill Creek city manager Rebecca Polizzotto touted the potential for the arena to benefit the city’s restaurants and stores.

The building’s appearance and landscaping are subject to approval by the city Design Review Board, according to the hearing examiner decision. The company must pay more than $150,000 in road-impact fees.

Original source: www.heraldnet.com/news/builders-hope-to-start-work-on-mill-creek-sports-arena-soon

February 9, 2017

Arena Sports Facility Moves Forward, Will Bolster Tourism and Economic Development

MILL CREEK, Wash. – In a move that supports the City of Mill Creek’s focus on economic development and tourism growth, a proposed [Arena Sports] facility in Mill Creek has been approved by the hearing examiner. CSA Real Estate’s Binding Site Plan application is to develop 6.75 acres for a 98,000-square-foot indoor [Arena Sports and Entertainment] center at 13518 Bothell-Everett Highway.

“We are pleased with the hearing examiner’s decision,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “This arena sports facility will have tremendous positive impact for our community. Supporting our city goal about recreational opportunities, it will provide diverse opportunities for families and neighbors to get out, recreate together, and enhance our strong community bond.”

The recreation complex will feature two indoor soccer fields, a warm-up field, eight bowling lanes, laser tag, an inflatable play area, party rooms, kitchen and dining areas, as well as storage and administrative office space. To alleviate neighborhood concerns over parking, the developer has included parking for 382 vehicles in the plan, which will eliminate overflow into the surrounding neighborhoods.

The facility’s proximity to the North Creek Trail, the Mill Creek Sports Park, McCollum County Park, Jackson High School and Heatherwood Middle School allows easy access by bicycle. Bike parking and amenities are a priority.

Polizzotto noted that the facility also will provide an opportunity to attract events to Mill Creek that will enhance the City’s tourism program. As people come into the community to use the Arena Sports facility, they are more likely to eat and shop in the community.

Growth in tourism is significant for Mill Creek restaurants, retailers, the city and ultimately the taxpayers. According to the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, visitors spend more than $1 billion in Snohomish County annually, contributing more than $99.3 million in state and local tax revenues. With such significant impact, Mill Creek is prioritizing tourism growth in the 2017-2018 biennium.

In particular, sports tourism is a growing trend. In the last decade, the number of people attending out-of-area sporting events has dramatically increased. A study by the University of Florida discovered that nearly 60 percent of the parents traveling for kids’ sporting events return to the city for vacation and 74 percent of these parents recommend the location to others. And according to industry data gathered by George Washington University’s Sports Management program, sports-related tourism revenue is increasing about three percent each year.

“We are delighted to have this new arena sports facility in Mill Creek, which will offer family-fun recreational activities for sports teams and their families traveling to Snohomish County for sports tournaments,” said Tammy Dunn, sports development director of the Snohomish County Sports Commission, the sports division of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. “We look forward to working with Arena Sports in promoting to sports teams competing in sports tournaments throughout Snohomish County.”

In addition to growth in the tourism sector, the development of the Arena Sports facility will contribute to the local economy through the creation of new jobs through the construction phase and employment opportunities once operational.

The developer of the Arena Sports complex has submitted construction plans to the city. It is anticipated that work will commence in spring or early summer 2017 and that the facility will open in early 2018[*].

Original source: www.cityofmillcreek.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=378

*Source correction: Opening Fall 2017

November 29, 2016

ARENA SPORTS TO OPEN INDOOR SPORTS FACILITY AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER IN MILL CREEK

More than one million visits are expected each year

Redmond, Wash. – Arena Sports, the largest indoor sports company in Washington state, is planning to develop a new facility in Mill Creek to be called Arena Sports and Entertainment. The 98,000 square-foot facility will be the fifth and largest location for the company. Plans include indoor soccer fields, bowling lanes, laser tag, arcade games, an indoor inflatable playground, bumper cars, rock-climbing tower and a ropes course. Over one million annual visits are expected.

“This will be fun and entertainment for the entire family,” said Don Crowe, CEO of Arena Sports. “Of course we’ll have a full slate of youth and adult soccer leagues and our popular children’s programming including Lil’ Kickers, Skills Institute and sports camps, and we’re adding an entire family entertainment center that we hope will be the go-to destination for parties, special events, team building and more.”

While the company considered other locations, Mill Creek topped the list from the start with its growing family population and strong participation in youth sports as well as adult sporting activities.

“City leaders have a clear, forward-looking vision for Mill Creek as a vibrant, family-friendly community with a strong commitment to the quality of life of its citizens,” said Crowe. “It’s been a pleasure working with city staff on the planning and development of Arena Sports and Entertainment, which we believe will be the perfect complement to the community and a hub for family fun.”

“We are committed to delivering diverse and much-needed activities, services and job opportunities to create a community where our residents can enjoyably and easily live, work and play,” said Rebecca Polizzotto, city manager of Mill Creek. “Arena Sports and Entertainment will employ more than 200 people, both part time and full time. As we continue to build a strong community, we are excited to work with the company to develop this new facility for people to work, play and gather.”

Arena Sports and Entertainment will feature both men’s, women’s and co-ed adult leagues as well as competitive and recreational youth leagues for kids ages five (U6) through high school. Kids 18 months to nine years will be able to join the award-winning Lil’ Kickers developmental soccer program and kids ages five to 12 can participate in Skills Institute to learn technical and tactical skills and mastery of fundamentals. But Arena Sports offers much more than just indoor soccer. There will also be:

  • Indoor inflatable playground
  • Bowling – both full-size lanes and mini five-pin lanes
  • Multi-floor laser tag arena
  • Spinning bumper cars
  • Two-story rock climbing tower
  • Two-story ropes course
  • Arcade games — timeless favorites as well as new virtual reality games
  • Party and meeting space
  • On-site dining – full kitchen as well as beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Community meeting space – free for partner sports clubs and organizations to utilize

Arena Sports and Entertainment will be located near Henry M. Jackson High School at the intersection of Dumas Road and Bothell-Everett Highway. The company is in the permitting stage right now and hopes to build the facility from the ground-up over the next year with an expected opening in the fall of 2017.

 

About Arena Sports

Arena Sports, based in Redmond, Wash., is a family-run business dedicated to family fun. With two fitness clubs, four indoor sports locations and its soon-to-be fifth location in Mill Creek, Arena Sports is the largest indoor sports company in Washington state. Arena Sports offers year-round indoor soccer for people of all ages and abilities with competitive and recreational adult and youth leagues. In addition, its award-winning youth programming, including Lil’ Kickers and Skills Institute, inspires kids to be active, strong, confident and well-adjusted in order to unleash their awesome both on and off the field by using soccer to tackle key developmental milestones. More than just a fun place for soccer, Arena Sports locations offer indoor inflatable FunZone playgrounds, popular sports camps and birthday party packages.

The Arena Sports family of companies includes Magnuson Athletic Club (located inside the Magnuson facility), Issaquah Fitness (located inside the Issaquah facility), Lil’ Kickers child development soccer franchise business, and DASH Platform, an all-in-one software solution for managing sports and recreation facilities.