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Home School Programs at A-Game Sportsplex

Scott Fish, principal of UP Development in Franklin, Tennessee, stands out as the purchaser and redeveloper of what is now the A-Game Sportsplex. Developer Scott Fish purchased the facility to prevent its shutdown, and has since donated it back to the community as a thriving ice arena.

In addition to its traditional youth programs and adult leagues, A-Game Sportsplex hosts a number of classes for home-school students. Its 2015 offerings include two winter sessions and two spring sessions, the latest of which begins April 22. The Sportsplex welcomes children age 6 and above to these hour-long Wednesday afternoon classes, which include 30 minutes of instructional time and a 30-minute practice session.

A-Game Sportsplex also sponsors a fitness class for homeschoolers. The spring 2015 session runs until May 14 and includes a variety of games and activities, including basketball, ice skating, laser chase, and weight training. Children are welcome to stay and eat their own bagged lunches at the Sportsplex after class. Each class is available on a drop-in basis or in unlimited packages sold by the month or semester.

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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.