BOW, N.H. – The impending abrupt closure of a youth sports facility in New Hampshire is likely to have a strong local impact.
As reported by local newspaper The Concord Monitor, FieldHouse Sports has announced it will cease operations as an indoor sports complex at the end of January.
The article included an email sent to customers on Jan. 2 stating the sale of the property has been finalized, resulting in the closure. Further, the email thanked “everyone who has participated with us over the years and for being an essential member of our indoor sports community.”
The 70,000-square-foot facility has been operating since 1997, serving athletes as young as age 3. It has one multisport field used for soccer, basketball, and volleyball, as well as three pro-size indoor turf fields.
Mike Desilets, athletic director of the local school board district, told the Monitor the news will “undoubtedly have an impact on these kids.” He adds that it is unclear how far local athletes will need to travel to find services like those offered at FieldHouse Sports.
The article explains there will be a particularly large impact on the New Hampshire Soccer Association (NHSA), of which FieldHouse Sports is a member.
NHSA executive director Anne Fichera told the newspaper that “something that’s readily available to them right in their backdoor now is not going to be there. It’s definitely a huge void.”
She explains some similar spaces have opened in local areas, including Hooksett and Goffstown, and the NHSA is hopeful they will help fill the void.
Patrick Millette, a coach for a local U12 soccer team, says they are “in a scramble” trying to find another place to play this year.