“As you’ll see to your right…”
The electric shrill of a buzz saw tore through a metal surface and Sam Beiler’s sentence.
Beiler, founder of Spooky Nook Sports, has set and upheld a high-tempo pace to complete the new Home of Hockey. And even during an update tour of the facility with Craig Parnham the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team, the momentum did not dip.
With hardhats intact, the tour rolled through the 17.5-acre building. The complex’s progress is undeniable. The tennis courts have been laid and coated with a final layer of fresh paint. The Clip n' Climb arena and climbing boulder are ready to be conquered. The smoothie bar has its counter polished and the dining area’s nutrition carousels are set-up. In a few short months, Beiler and his crew have checked numerous tasks off of their extensive to-do list.
“I was last here in December and it was just a bare, bare warehouse,” said Parnham. “To think of the progress they have made in the last 17 weeks is phenomenal. ”
The building’s edgy entrance, whose design was drafted by a local tattoo artist’s vision, opened its doors for the Nook’s first volleyball tournament "Irish Rumble" last weekend. In anticipation of the tournament the volleyball nets and scoreboards were installed on the volleyball and basketball courts. Although not open to the public, an estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at Nook’s first event. It was an impressive first turnout for a building that only began renovation in November 2012.
“Sam and his team of experts have such an incredible amount of passion and dedication to finish the complex to meet such a high standard and that is what will make this training center world leading,” said Parnham.
Another big box left on Beiler’s to-do list is to capitalize on the eight pitches for elite field hockey play. Two water-based turf fields, one of which will be under a climate-controlled dome, and six additional artificial surfaces and over 700,000 square feet of indoor space are intended for completion in August 2013. While the Nook is on track to open in just a few short months, the objective to make the innovative facility as cutting edge as possible fuels Beiler and his team to push the creative envelope even further.
“This is the chocolate factory, the Willy Wonka, of sport complexes,” said Beiler. “No idea is too big; no thought is too out there.”
Parnham, seeming to pick up on the energy the façade is already exuding, then asked if turf instead of carpet can be laid down in his office.
Beiler simply smiled and said, “At the Nook, nothing is impossible."