Chris Haring spent two years scouting locations in the Harrisburg area before he found the tract that could double or triple his business in the coming years.
It already more than doubled his space.
Haring is the owner of the Yellow Breeches Sports Center, an 88,000-square-foot indoor sports facility off Interstate 83 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fairview Township.
Formally known as the Susquehanna Sports Center in Lemoyne, the center has three turf fields and a floor hockey rink, as well as upper-level batting cages. It caters to six sports for youth and adult leagues — hockey, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football and baseball.
The $5 million York County complex, which opened in March, also is available for large trade shows and private group events (see “Fresh turf” video above).
“It’s a first-class warehouse that I’m using as a sports place,” Haring said of the space.
Construction began in September. Haring worked with Fulton Bank and the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp., which helped him with financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program.
Haring bought the business — known for hockey — in 2004. It was founded in 1998.
“The other place was limited on small indoor fields,” he said.
Given the location and growing regional demand for climate-controlled training space, especially from club teams, Haring said he expects steady growth in his business. Part of that should come from tournaments, which attract teams from surrounding states.
The latter has a sizable impact on the local economy.
A ceremonial grand opening of the center is being planned for this summer.