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.