Cover Photo: General manager Corey Owens poses in front of the mall’s HitTrax, which simulates where hits would go in major league stadiums. Photos Kathy Feist
Homefield KC acquires sporting facility from Elite Sports
By John Sharp
Homefield, the locally owned company that acquired the former Home Quarters building at 5000 E. Bannister Rd. on the northwest quadrant of Bannister Rd. & I-435 from Elite Sports in September has nearly completed the interior renovation of the facility into a multi-sport indoor sports mall.
The 169,000 square foot Homefield KC building now has four indoor volleyball courts, six soccer fields including two multi-purpose fields that can be used by different sports, pitching and hitting tunnels and four coin-operated batting cages for baseball and softball (each with four speeds) that opened for use on February 3. All playing surfaces use field turf.
Besides the playing fields, at press time an adult workout facility was just completed and a speed and agility training area for athletes was scheduled to open on February 6. A muscle and joint clinic to treat sports injuries is expected to open in the near future.
The concession stand is open, but will be expanded further, and the facility has applied for a license to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink. Once that is approved, Homefield KC will start offering to host adult soccer and volleyball leagues, according to Corey Owen, general manager.
The facility also has a batting cage equipped with HitTrax which simulates where hits would go in major league stadiums for both training and competition.
An E-sports room with approximately 42 gaming consoles is expected to open this spring.
Homefield KC now hosts clinics, lessons, pickup games, practices, scrimmages and/or training for youth baseball and softball, football, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball and intends to add youth league volleyball games this summer or fall, according to Owen.
The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Owen said about 500 to 750 youth use the facility every week.
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Homefield is owned by Robb Heineman, an owner of Sporting Kansas City professional soccer team, who plans to open many similar facilities around the nation to improve training opportunities for young athletes in multiple sports.