Construction of a $50 million, 36-acre recreational sports venue in Glendale is set to begin in the spring of 2023.
And even that projected budget could be closer to $100 million, the developer says.
Tony Mangat is the owner of the Mangat Group, a trucking company, land development company and film production company based in Glendale. It has two sports projects running concurrently in the West Valley with the 36-acre Glendale site, which will include two field hockey courts, a 140,000 square foot indoor basketball/volleyball facility with eight courts plus bleachers, nearly 50 pickleball courts on site, and possibly a hotel.
The project is in final design with the city.
“I told them if you guys help me get the process started, I’ll make sure to build the thing in 2024,” Mangat said during a recent visit to the site, just off the 101 loop and Northern Avenue, at 10139 W. Northern Ave., about a mile west of Westgate.
Two temporary fields are currently on site, used by the Phoenix Scorpions Field Hockey Club team, founded in 1998, and a club team affiliated with Arizona State University. Clubs play on the surface around three times a week and earlier this year hosted the 10-team Cactus Classic tournament.
“On numerous occasions, the club has invited eminent hockey coaches from the United States and India to provide training for new players, while providing high-calibre instruction to future star players,” says the Scorpions website, phoenixscorpions.org. “A few of the Scorpions’ junior players qualified for the national junior field hockey team.”
Meanwhile, to the southwest in Buckeye, Mangat’s other project continues to move forward.
The scope of this project is similar in terms of indoor facilities for basketball and volleyball tournaments, but the centerpiece will be a 20,000-seater cricket stadium on Mangat-owned land near the Interstate. 10, just northwest of the Miller Road exit. This project also appears to have a budget of at least $50 million, he says.
The design for both projects is Phoenix-based architectural firm Orcutt Winslow.
OW only recently added sports projects to its portfolio around 2017, says managing partner Vispi Karanjia. The company has also designed an indoor soccer complex in Bullhead City, has been involved with Legacy Sports USA, a 320-acre sports and entertainment complex in Mesa, and even indoor track and field projects in Texas that the company is planning. currently.
“Slowly and steadily, we kind of grew in sports,” Karanjia said.
Like Mangat, Karanjia hails from India. And although he has been involved in the design of many projects, the planning of a field hockey stadium and a cricket stadium is a first for him.
“I’m from India so if you ask an Indian they’re cricket fans,” he said. “I also played field hockey and cricket in India when I was at school, but unfortunately I never got to design a cricket stadium.”
India has the most Olympic gold medals (eight) in field hockey of any country in history.
Cricket, meanwhile, continues to explode internationally.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the second most lucrative sports league in the world.
According to figures from The Times of India in June, the best sports league in the world in terms of cost (both TV and digital) is the NFL, which costs a broadcaster about $17 million per game. The IPL ranks second with $13.4 million, followed by English Premier League football, Major League Baseball and the NBA.
“It’s a giant leap for Indian cricket on the world stage. We will be right behind the NFL,” Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told The Indian Express in an interview.
In the valley, Mangat and Karanjia see potential in both projects, especially indoor basketball/volleyball complexes, which could accommodate up to 200 tournament teams in a weekend.
“They bring in so much revenue. The one we worked with, Legacy Mesa, and we did feasibility studies in Pensacola, Florida, and other areas; they are economic drivers,” Karanjia said. “They are getting into tourism. Hundreds of teams will come to play, tax revenue from hotels, restaurants, ticket offices. These become economic engines. And they hire several hundred people, each resort does.
The next step for the Glendale site, Karanjia says, will be to submit plans for design review and zoning changes. (“The city has been extremely pleasant to work with,” he adds.) He expects construction to begin in the spring of 2023 and be complete by March 2024.
Buckeye plans to begin construction in December or January, with a completion schedule of early January 2024.
The hotel at the Glendale site, Karanjia notes, could be further down the road in 2024.
The field hockey championship field in Glendale will feature artificial turf, he said, although the practice field may have grass. At Buckeye, the cricket ground will feature real grass on its infield with an artificial turf outfield.
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