Spooky Nook Sports is in the process of buying the Lanco Fieldhouse in a bid to meet growing demand for indoor fields for soccer, lacrosse, football and other sports.
Officials at East Hempfield Township-based Spooky Nook, the country’s largest indoor sports facility, said space is getting limited. Buying Lanco, which is less than five miles away from Spooky Nook, will help the latter meet needs for recreational leagues as well as birthday parties.
“Taking these fields to another location allows us to keep what little available space we do have at The Nook as an open area for spectators, as well as meetings and events,” said Mackenzie Bender, a spokeswoman for Spooky Nook.
More than 1.2 million athletes and spectators came through the doors last year at Spooky Nook, she said. “While not every single one of those is here for a sport, a vast majority of them are.”
The Nook facility has more than 700,000 square feet of indoor sports space, plus about 50 acres of outdoor facilities. The complex serves about 20 different sports, plus it has a hotel and restaurant. It is the home base for U.S. Women’s Field Hockey.
Spooky Nook officials said the deal with Lanco has not yet been finalized. LNP is reporting that the facility, which will change its name to Spooky Nook Sports at Lanco, will be sold for about $4 million in March.
Bender declined to comment on the purchase price or transition plan at Lanco. She said an official statement will be released once the deal closes. Lanco officials were not immediately available for comment.
Lanco opened in 2000. The facility attracts more than 750,000 people per year, according to its website. The facility attracts many people for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, along with baseball, dodgeball and flag football.
Bender said Lanco has about seven people on staff. The much larger Spooky Nook complex employs more than 650 people between the sports facilities, the hotel and restaurant. That number includes part-time and seasonal workers, as well as interns.
While the demand for indoor sports facilities is rising and new venues are popping up, Bender said Spooky Nook is not planning any additional acquisitions at this time.
The company’s only other expansion project currently in the works is a Spooky Nook facility in Hamilton, Ohio.