|Demolition under way on a former Washington Gas facility to make way for a huge sports complex on Industrial Road.|
The 435,000-square foot complex, being developed by the St. James Group, will have several indoor sports fields and courts, a swimming pool, laser tag, and much more.
The project is located on the site of former Washington Gas facility at 6801 Industrial Road, Springfield, near Backlick Road, the beltway, and Interstate I-395. The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a permit for the project last March.
An official with the St. James Group declined to discuss project details or an estimated completion date until the work is farther along. The Washington Business Journal published an update Jan. 4 based on documents submitted to Fairfax County.
According to the WBJ, the event floor of the complex will have:
- a 100-yard turf field for soccer, football, and lacrosse
- four full-size basketball courts, convertible to volleyball
- 9,900 square feet of squash courts
- eight batting cages
- three golf simulators
- a 52-meter, Olympic-size swimming pool
- a splash park
- two NHL-regulation ice rinks plus skate and equipment rental
- a 10,000-square-foot gymnastics floor
- a rock wall and play climb area
- a 1,501-square-foot arcade and redemption counter
- a 2,407-square-foot “Ballocity” and soft play area
- and a 5,536-square-foot laser tag arena.
- an 8,000-square-foot fitness center plus several group fitness/yoga rooms
- two cardio theater rooms, each roughly 4,500 square feet
- a 4,008-square-foot spa
- a 2,315-square-foot “child watch” room
- four 500-square foot party areas
- a 7,964-square-foot sports medicine center
- a 1,000-square-foot retail store
- a 3,991-square-foot “grab and go store”
- and a 4,968-square-foot conference center.
No more than two tournaments could be held simultaneously unless St. James hires off-duty police officers or private security to direct traffic. The complex will be barred from hosting any event with more than 285 participants and/or spectators during the morning and afternoon rush hours.