CRDC is pleased to announce their participation in financing of the NH SportsDome, an 80,500 sq. ft. elite indoor training facility in Hooksett that recently opened its doors to dozens of teams at both the youth and collegiate level.
Twelve years ago, Joel Hatin knew he wanted to give youth sports in New Hampshire the best training fields possible, even in New England winters. Having experience as a professional soccer player himself then coaching and running one of the largest recreational and travel soccer clubs in New Hampshire where he managed field usage, and training for more than 50 teams, he knew he wanted to do something, “You see a lot of fields over time and how the weather really plays a part for how these teams train, not to mention space is limited so it was a lot of juggling players & teams around,” said Joel Hatin, co-owner, NH SportsDome. “Indoor training facilities just by nature are at a premium because it doesn’t matter what the weather is outside. You can still play, and that’s all any kid or coach wants is field time.”
Working with CRDC and Merrimack County Savings Bank for more than three years, Joel along with his partner, Frank Bizzarro negotiated the purchase and sale of the land on Benton Road in Hooksett for a what’s now one of the largest indoor, air-supported structures in the Northeast. “Finding the land that was big enough and that was in an ideal weather pattern was a challenge but after surveying a few other locations we happily settled on this location in Hooksett” said Joel. “Sports domes are not new concepts; they are a lower cost alternative to a traditional building.”
The Dome which is an air-supported structure and maintained by keeping the air pressure slightly higher than outside is not the only leading attribute of the facility. “We really wanted to give athletes the best, which is why we added in a translucent roof allowing natural light in, we installed a turf field where all the lines are stitched in not painted. Our HVAC system is built underground allowing for better air flow which doesn’t distract athletes no matter where they are on the field.”
“This is one of those projects that we knew once they found the right location, the owners would want to move quickly to secure financing,” said Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer. “We worked with Merrimack County Savings Bank to create a loan package that worked for both Joel and Frank. This included a structure under the SBA 504 loan program, in addition, CRDC was pleased to assist with gap financing through a direct loan”.
“This is truly a unique project that meets our criteria of enhancing a community’s tax base while fulfilling a meaningful economic development project,” added Stephen Heavener, CRDC Executive Director.
“Jennifer’s attention to detail really helped get us through the financing portion of the project,” said Joel. “Once we found the location, my focus was on the project itself, working with the town, our dome partner, and Jennifer really took the lead with us and Merrimack County Savings Bank. We are very thankful for CRDC’s involvement.”
For more information about the The NH SportsDome visit www.nhsportsdome, or visit their Facebook page to see time-lapse video of the construction.
PHOTO: CRDC's Jennifer Boulanger (center) toured the NH SportsDome with co-owners, Joel Hatin and Frank Bizzarro, also present, Randy Sivigny, V.P. Commercial Loan Officer, Merrimack County Savings Bank and Keegan Campbell, V.P. of Operations, NH SportsDome.