Indiana Entrepreneur Eyes $15 Million Youth Sports Facility
Andy Card, the CEO of Perkins Global Logistics who led the investment group behind the Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse at Grand Park in Westfield, said the multi-use project, to be called Noblesville Fieldhouse, would be able to accommodate a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, pickleball and cheerleading..
The facility, proposed for the planned Finch Creek Park on Boden Road, would be about 130,000 square feet, including five hardwood courts, 75,000 square feet of indoor turf and a 10,000-square-foot physical therapy office.
“There will be nothing else like it in the U.S.,” Card said. He and partner Mike Klipsch would own and operate the facility through Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities LLC. They also own and operate Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse.
Klipsch-Card purchased 10 acres of land at the 203-acre Finch Creek Park from the city for $1 million.
Noblesville officials referred to the project as a public-private partnership in the anouncement.
"We kept hearing time and time again about the need for fields,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said. “And we did listen.”
In a long-term agreement with Klipsch-Card, the city would contribute up to $800,000 annually for the facility. The money would come from property taxes generated by the fieldhouse, user rental fees and tax-increment financing (TIF) revenue.
Under the agreement, the city would be able to rent the fieldhouse during the week to the public.