If you’ve driven down Spruce Street in the last several months, chances are you’ve seen the massive bubble that popped up just past Halo Farm near Arctic Parkway. The facility is a 100,000 sq.-ft. indoor turf field run by Centercourt Club and Sports intended for training, practices, tournaments and more. The field has been hosting teams and practices since Feb. 17.
Centercourt has six other similar facilities across the state, as well as camps, tennis, lacrosse, soccer and strength and conditioning programs. The project received township approval in the spring of 2015 and broke ground in March 2016.
Manager Sandy Leighton says the project has three phases. The first phase consists of the dome, as well as a 6,000 sq.-ft. reception building. The field is complete, and Leighton said the office area should be finished within the next few weeks. The dome’s capacity is around 240 people, and the team rooms can occupy 150 each.
“Whereas the dome is training space, this is community space,” Leighton said. “It has a front desk, locker rooms, showers. There are team rooms. That’s more of the classroom side of the game. Meeting or training before tournaments or games, things like that.”
The last month and a half has been busy for the facility, Leighton said. Leighton joined Centercourt in March of last year specifically to work in Lawrence. He is a Pennsylvania native and Princeton resident.
“Lots of lacrosse, soccer and field hockey,” he said. “Youth and recreational programs, high school, adult leagues. That’s been it, so far. We’ve had interest from the collegiate level to play some games, though we haven’t had any yet.”
The field can be divided into sections for use by multiple teams at once. So far, teams from Princeton High School, the Lawrenceville School, Steinert High School, Hamilton High School West, Pennsbury, Montgomery and South Brunswick. One of the biggest renters so far, Leighton said, has been a Bucks County, Pennsylvania lacrosse program.
“We’ve drawn a circle around the facility, probably 35 miles out and consider that a real universe that we feel programs from the recreational to the high school, to the collegiate, to the adult, and then also serving the community,” Leighton said. “Whether it’s a partnership with ARC Mercer, or Boys and Girls clubs, or a senior citizen center.”
The other two phases of the project will likely include a performance training wing, as well as retail space.
“The goal of the facility is to be a place where player and human development takes place on what is one of New Jersey’s largest indoor turf spaces,” Leighton said. “It can be in a team sport, it can be in an individual sport, it can be in an activity, it can be a hobby or it can just being active in an unorganized way.”
Centercourt Club and Sports was founded in 1974. New owners took over in 2008 and expanded to company to include facilities in Chatham, Florham Park, Gillette, Marlboro, Morristown, Mt. Olive and now Lawrence.
The center has several training programs and team sports on the docket for spring, including boys’ and girls’ field hockey, a goalkeeping clinic, a summer lacrosse camp, several boys’ and girls’ lacrosse clinics for varying skill levels and more.
“Our mission is to facilitate an environment that nurtures the growth and development of every athlete on and off the sports field,” Leighton said. “Our dedicated staff are committed to excellence and to educating our future innovators.”
Centercourt Club and Sports is located at 1080 Spruce Street, Lawrence. For more information, to register for programs or to book the facility, visit centercourtacademy.com/locations-lawrence-township, or stop by when the reception area is set to open mid-April. Leighton can be reached at (215) 704-0272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.