- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) - A 400-acre central Indiana sports complex is planning to add a $6 million fieldhouse that will host basketball and volleyball games, its developer said Tuesday.

A private investment group led by Fishers entrepreneur Andy Card said Grand Park will break ground on the 56,000-square-foot arena in April with plans to open it in January 2016. The plans call for six full-sized courts, a workout facility, locker rooms, offices and a cafe.

If Grand Park Fieldhouse proves as successful as expected, it could double in size, “which we anticipate happening,” Card said.

“Our goal is to be the cutting-edge indoor basketball/volleyball facility in the Midwest,” he said. The facility will host tournaments and league play, Card said, in addition to being available for local residents of all ages.

Grand Park opened in March about 20 miles north of Indianapolis and so far has attracted about 800,000 athletes and visitors - about 300,000 more than projected.

Mayor Andy Cook promoted the development of the $45 million complex in the hope it would spur development of hotels, restaurants, retail and related sports facilities.

“What this tells us is the financial plan for Grand Park is working and working well,” Cook said. “What we set out to do was invest in this public entity with the goal of creating a very neat and very profitable environment.”

Card, who also runs a family-owned trucking company, said he wants to have similar sports complexes throughout central Indiana.

“We probably will expand into other communities,” Card said. “That’s our intention, to not just build one facility.”

The Westfield City Council on Monday night also approved rezoning 14.5 acres north of Grand Park for an indoor soccer facility.

Nearby, crews are digging a 14-acre lake planned as the centerpiece of Grand Park Village, a mixed-use project expected to draw retail and hospitality users.

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