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Aug. 16, 2022 — More investments in field hockey

We’re about a month away from of a sports complex we’ve touched on in recent years. We’ve seen news stories about the soft opening of Spooky Nook Sports’ second complex called Champion Mill in Hamilton, Ohio. Yep, it’s going to happen.

The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is in the final stages of renovation, with indoor and outdoor turf pitches, basketball courts, and 14 multi-use sports courts. Across the street is a conference center and hotel which are scheduled to start operations in October.

The cost for the renovations to the old paper plant is estimated to be some $125 million.

There have been a couple of setbacks during construction owing to damage from a 2021 windstorm, but the opening will see the realization of more dollars being invested in facilities which feature field hockey prominently.

Think of it: add up the costs for Spooky Nook, Champion Mill, Robinson Fieldhouse, the two Mangat Group projects in Glendale, Ariz., and the proposed United States Performance Center in Kannapolis, N.C. and you get an estimated billion-dollar investment in field hockey.

That’s billion. With a “b.”

Is that enough for the suits who run sports investments and sports media to keep marginalizing field hockey?