New A-Game ownership promises to revive "premier youth sports destination"


New A-Game ownership promises to revive "premier youth sports destination"

A deal to buy and revive A-Game Sportsplex in Cool Springs closed on Tuesday, with Tennessee Youth Sports, LLC (TYS) purchasing the 174,000-square- foot facility for $12.2 million from Sports Land Group, LLC.

Roy Dano, a member of the ownership group, expressed confidence in the potential of practice and play space for volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, or any type of artificial turf or court-type sports.

“This facility was a hive of activity years ago,” he said. “The demand is there.”

A-Game originally was developed as Southern Ice, and offered two ice rinks in addition to space for other sports. The ice rinks — once the main attraction — were removed in 2016, the same year the owners, citing financial losses, said the business would not continue.

Several attempts to sell or redevelop the complex into office space fell through, and several user groups took legal action to enforce leases.

Dano said the new owners, who come from various backgrounds including real estate, construction, and recreation, were confident they could bring back the once-thriving youth sports venue.

“A-Game has been a centerpiece for youth athletics in Middle Tennessee and the Southeast for
many years,” said Dano. “We look forward to once again making this a premier youth sports destination. It will be home to both recreational and world-class athletes from Williamson
County and the greater Nashville area.”

A-Game is a  located off Mallory Station Road, just west of the CoolSprings Galleria mall. It features
high-end gymnasiums that can serve up to 12 volleyball courts or eight basketball courts.

TYS plans to invest more than $1 million in improvements to the facility over the next few months, including redeveloping the ice rink areas into spaces usable for indoor soccer, for use as training areas, even possibly for baseball training and practice.

Dano said bathrooms, the lobby, and site landscaping all would be updated, along with renovations to various spaces throughout the building.

An additional 30,000-square-feet of retail and office space will be available to lease to businesses compatible with the youth sports focus. TYS has selected Trey Kirby with NAI Nashville as the leasing agent.

“A-Game is a unique facility and our ownership group is super excited about the opportunity to attract regional and national events,” added Dano. “We are already in initial conversations with
multiple organizations to host tournaments and events that will serve as economic drivers for
local hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. This will be a win-win for all involved.”

Work on the facility improvements will begin immediately with a grand reopening to the public
expected in early fall.

“There will be more announcements coming,” Dano said.

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