Indoor sports facility to open mid-September
Rain-outs, mud and cold weather won’t put a damper on games scheduled at Trumbull’s newest sports facility. And, with a pub, restaurant and plenty of televisions, the spectators will have more than a good game to look forward to.
This week, work was underway at Insports Trumbull, a 108,000-square foot indoor sports facility, set to open Sept. 16. The 29 Trefoil Drive facility was once home to Sports Zone and was purchased in June by Insports. The company’s Chief Executive and President, Peter Corbett, is a Fairfield County resident, who has 23 years of experience developing, opening and operating indoor sports facilities, both in Fairfield County and in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Corbett is part of an ownership group that operates tennis clubs in Fairfield County.
“We want give some of the sights, sounds and smells you’ll find at a place like Yankee Stadium,” Corbett said of his facility, which his company gutted and has been rebuilding.
That experience starts with the lobby, where athletes and spectators will smell and see the concession stand, cooking up items like burgers, wraps and pizza.
The Trumbull space boasts a 100-yard turf field, the largest indoor turf field in the area. The field can be used for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and a partition down the middle makes it the perfect size for softball or Little League games.
“But we’re not just this field, like some people may think,” Corbett said.
Basketball and volleyball players have three refinished hardwood court surfaces with drop-down basketball hoops and in-ground volleyball systems. The courts can also be used for pickleball and handball leagues, among other activities. And lacrosse players can play in Connecticut’s only dedicated, true box lacrosse arena with dasher-boards, full height glass and a new turf surface. Insports also has an archery area.
Spectators can watch more than one game at a time, as large clear partitions, like one separating the turf field from the basketball courts and restaurant seating area allows for viewing.
“I imagine championship games and people coming early to get these seats,” Corbett said, standing in front of the clear partition that looks out on the turf field.
Insports Grill & Bar, which will serve beer and wine, will also have large televisions or what Corbett calls a “media wall” where visitors can watch other sporting events or children’s shows, for younger siblings.
While Trumbull youth leagues can make good use of the facility, it’s also for adult leagues, which will make up about 50% of the facility use.
“I’m a firm believer in kids being home at night, to do their homework and eat dinner, and that’s when the adults can come in,” Corbett said. “At some facilities, adults get the short end of the stick.”
Insports hours are 7 a.m. to midnight, daily.
Indoor facilities are a growing trend throughout the country, Corbett said, particularly as municipal budgets get crunched.
“In the Northeast, particularly, we have weather issues,” Corbett said. “When the kids start in the spring, those fields aren’t ready and in the fall you have weather issues too. This is a controlled environment.”
Jobs and efficiency
“Trumbull has been fantastic, from Planning and Zoning to Economic Development,” Corbett said.
Corbett said he’s received the support of local officials like First Selectman Timothy Herbst and Economic and Community Development Director Ed Lavernoich, who helped him through the process of getting solar panels for the roof.
The facility also has LED lights on the turf field and large ceiling fans throughout to help with energy efficiency.
Insports will have about seven people on full-time and much more part-time people, for everything from concession workers to scorekeepers and maintenance.
“I need 30 to 100 part-time people, depending on the season,” he said.
Athletics is not the only draw. Insports has programs on CPR training, workshops like “concussion management” for young athletes and parents, special needs classes and “Silly Scientist” programs.
Corporate team building, birthday parties are also available, as well as some open play.
Local leagues, colleges and universities have already been contacting the facility about availability.
“We love our placement here, near the intersection of Route 25 and 111,” Corbett said. “Trumbull is key for us — it’s our best customer and always will be.”
To learn more, visit insportscenters.com or call 203-268-1214.