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Developer Scott Fish Talks about the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, Tennessee

Scott Fish is a developer serving as a Principal at UP Development based in Franklin, Tennessee. Over the years, he has developed multiple commercial properties, including a 45,000-square-foot DICK’S Sporting Goods and a 60,000-square-foot Toys“R”Us at The Mall at Millennia in Orlando, Florida. Here, Scott Fisher discusses one of his most significant accomplishments, the A-Game Sportsplex in his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee.

Q: How did you come to acquire the building that would ultimately become the A-Game Sportsplex?

SF: The Southern Ice Arena was losing around $30,000 per month. The 110,000-square-foot facility was on the verge of closing down, so I purchased it for $6 million.

Q: Why did you purchase the arena?

SF: My daughter’s hockey team, along with a handful of others, was playing there. With the looming shutdown, all those players would have had to find a different home base. I also saw that the arena could be turned into something that benefited the entire community.

Q: Talk about the development process and the arena’s transformation.

SF: I felt that in order for the complex to be self-sustaining, it needed more than an ice arena, so I expanded it by about 70,000 square feet. I added multiple courts for basketball and volleyball. I also built a fitness center, a laser tag facility, and a pro shop, which helped to make the complex economically sustainable. Within three years, the financial situation had turned around completely.

Q: Who owns the complex now?

SF: I donated the complex to the city. Now, community sports teams play hockey, lacrosse, basketball, football, and volleyball there.

About Scott Fish, Developer

Leveraging his company’s resources to redevelop troubled assets, Principal of UP Development Scott Fish has engaged in a multitude of local and regional workout projects over the past 17 years. Operating his company out of Tennessee, Scott Fish worked in close conjunction with the Nashville Predators of the NHL to develop and sustain youth hockey programs in the state. In fulfilling this endeavor, he purchased a declining community ice rink and redeveloped the facility. Scott Fish purchased the 110,000-square-foot building in Franklin, Tennessee, for less than half of its original cost just before it was about to shut down. Securing an expansion of 70,000 square feet, he and his company added basketball and volleyball courts, as well as renovating the existing ice rink. At the time of its purchase, the facility hosted only a smattering of high school teams and games. By the end of Scott Fish’s redevelopment efforts, more than 20 schools held hockey games at the community facility, known today as the A-Game Sportsplex. Currently, Scott Fish and his associates at UP Development are engaged the redevelopment of a 250,000-square-foot retail center in Orange County, Florida. Stalled for five years, this $36-million workout project involves the Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) buyout of Colonial Bank, a former subsidiary of Colonial Bancgroup Inc. Additional works in progress include a relocation of a Toys “R” Us from the Orlando Fashion Square mall and the completion of a 60,000-square-foot Toys “R” Us at Orlando’s Mall at Millenia. Supporting his community through a multitude of venues, Scott Fish has raised money for the officers of the Franklin Police Department and their families, as well as sponsoring the purchase of musical instruments for schoolchildren across the country. Scott Fish also partnered with the Ford Motor Company and the Tennessee Education Lottery to help sponsor the Franklin Rodeo, held by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, and he supports youth barrel racing, as well.