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Aug. 15, 2022 — An eye-popping investment

When the Spooky Nook Sports complex was first developed on the site of an Armstrong Aluminum distribution center back in 2013, the outlay to build two turf pitches, indoor recreation facilities, and a hotel on the site ranged from anywhere between $25 and $42 million, according to published reports.

But there’s another sports investment, one with a sizable field hockey element, which is being planned in a non-traditional area of the country that is over and above that figure.

The Mangat Group, a developer in Arizona, is about to commence construction on a a pair of sports complexes in Glendale which are estimated to cost somewhere between $50 and $100 million.

So, what’s the field hockey element of this? Currently, there are two temporary hockey pitches on the land, used by the Phoenix Scorpions and the Arizona State University club team. And the final construction on that patch of land will include three field hockey pitches (presumably water-based). It will also include indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a pickleball complex with several dozen courts. In addition, on a second site, a 20,000-seat cricket stadium is being planned.

The building projects are the collective brainchildren of Vispi Karanjia and Tony Mangat, and they are looking to start construction sometime early next year for a 2024 opening.

“I told (the city of Glendale) if you help me get the process going, I’ll make sure I build the thing in 2024,” Mangat tells The Phoenix Daily Independent.

The Glendale field hockey site’s scope is impressive — impressive enough that if the developers do their homework and build the three pitches to FIH standards, the site could host a World Cup one day.

About the only thing that would have to happen for the United States to use Glendale as a host site is for FIH to move the tournament window for that future World Cup to the winter.

It’s not unusual for that to happen in the sports world: FIFA has had to make all manner of changes to its calendar to hold the next men’s World Cup in Qatar, beginning Thanksgiving Week and ending in December.

It may seem like a far-off dream, but let’s see what happens with the follow-through from these sports property developers.

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