February 4, 2011 > Nation's largest indoor sports facility opens for business
Nation's largest indoor sports facility opens for business
By Simon Wong
Dream Courts, a 400,000 sq. ft. sports facility, opens its doors on February 5, 2011. Although well-known in sporting circles, few Hayward residents are aware of this three-phase project. Not only will it benefit players, they and their families will generate much-needed revenue for the City of Hayward and neighboring cities.
Located at 22290 Hathaway Avenue, Hayward, the facility features sports venues for a plethora of sports including volleyball, soccer, football, track, baseball, golf, martial arts and boxing, racquetball, tennis, beach volleyball and sports-specific training. A two-story fitness center, youth fitness center and a special needs fitness center are also part of the complex as well as retail and food service. Dream Courts hopes to partner with the Hayward Plunge to develop a water strength training program.
The Dream Court concept includes exercising the mind as well as body. An academic training and support center with tutors and college and career pathway centers will offer classes in a diverse range of subjects. Sporting prowess alone is not a passport to university; academic achievement, SAT and ACT performance is also crucial.
"At Dream Courts, all children can play sports regardless of their grades. They can participate in community programs, college-prep, athletic-prep, sports and complete their homework in a safe location to reach their potential," explains Dream Courts CEO Teresa Banks. "We'll also introduce sports such as badminton, jump rope, speed jumping, Double Dutch and stepping; not everyone must excel at basketball, football or volleyball. Non-athletes are welcome to join the homework center. This holistic approach is different."
While non-profit Dream Courts Foundation, which is funding the project, is dedicated to providing sports and academic support to under-privileged and under-served youth and families in Hayward, the facility is open to all, including corporate, police and firefighters' leagues.
"Community leaders have shown tremendous support. The city is revitalizing the Downtown and, hopefully, our visitors will help Hayward's economy. Business improves when there are tournaments - hotels are full, restaurants are busy, people go to the mall and the movies. An event might have 40 teams; another might have 200 teams. Families watch their kids play and want recreation between games. Similarly, they're keen to stay at hotels where a good meal, such as breakfast, is conveniently available."
Environmentally conscious, Dream Courts plans to use solar energy and has salvaged and refurbished materials from high schools and the NBA.
Phase One, 80,000 sq. ft., completed by February 1, is just in time for a wheelchair basketball event on February 5 with Trooper Johnson and the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) which promotes accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the Bay Area. This phase has seven NBA and NCAA regulation courts, a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness center and sports performance training.
Phase Two is expected to be complete by the end of April 2011 with the addition of 10 courts. Phase Three will see the installation of the soccer fields, driving and batting cages, tennis courts, indoor beach volleyball and racquet ball courts and track.
To date, more than 600 pre-registration memberships have been received. Dream Courts is forming AAU Youth basketball and volleyball teams for boys and girls ages five to high school senior, organizing a Walk from Obesity for May 2011 and will be designated a national futsol site on the west coast by the US Futsol Federation.
For more information and to register for programs and tournaments, visit www.DreamCourts.org, call (510) 786-3732 (office) or 877-317-3732 (message line) or email DreamCourts@comcast.net.