Situated in the core of CBRM, the facility will feature a modern design with all the amenities in place to offer first class youth sports programs. It will serve as a permanent home to existing sports organizations to deliver affordable programs in a consistent manner. Its location will connect surrounding communities including Sydney, Sydney River, Glace Bay, New Waterford and North Sydney, allowing kids to participate in both recreational and competitive programs. Such a location will attract more families to organized sports and enable organizations to meet the growing demand for youth sports.
The 25,000 square foot building will accommodate various sports, including basketball and volleyball while allowing for indoor training for other popular activities. A full-size regulation basketball court that can be configured as two courts will serve as the primary surface. Configurations for two volleyball courts with a privacy divider will also be offered. There will be a seating capacity of 500, allowing for hosting of major events, tournaments and formal training clinics. Segregated equipment rooms will be available to permanently store equipment securely for all organizations that decide to make the facility home.
Constructed with the latest solar technology, the building will be an ultra efficient energy building. Solar panels will be installed on the roof with batteries to store energy. Equipped with low energy LED lighting and efficient heating systems the facility will be ultra-affordable for youth organizations to offer full time programming. A media room will allow for athletes competing at provincial and national levels to be evaluated, monitored and promoted. It will also allow for coaches and trainers to incorporate technology into their training and coaching activities.
- Full size regulation courts
- Dedicated space for concessions and merchandising for each sports club
- A multipurpose technology and media centre with hospitality room
- Seating capacity for 500
- Four change rooms with washrooms and game time coaching area
- Room for officials with private entry access
- Segregated equipment storage rooms with secured entry
- Office space
- Solar powered building for long-term sustainability