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Groundbreaking planned for mega sports complex

Greg Pearson September 17, 2009 2

sportsquestA $175 million sports facility in Chesterfield County will break ground Dec. 15.

Operated by SportsQuest, the 250-acre site is at the end of the Powhite Parkway at Charter Colony Parkway.

The complex is the brainchild of Steve Burton, a physician who made a fortune selling $60 million worth of sleep disorder programs.

“The real meat and potatoes of SportsQuest is recreational sports — to get healthy,” Burton told members of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce last week.

The proposed center will encompass facilities for 27 sports including 30 outdoor, lighted soccer fields, a swimming pool and ice rink, a velodrome for cycling, a 5,000-seat arena, 7,000-seat outdoor stadium and a 2,500-seat amphitheatre for concerts. It will also sport 20,000 square feet of retail, a hotel to be used by out-of-town athletes for extended stays, a family entertainment center (with bowling, arcades, laser tag and “cybersport courts”) and health-care facilities centered on sports.

According to the website, SportsQuest opened its sales center yesterday in the Colony Crossing Center near the future complex. Membership opportunities include a swim team, water polo, speed skating, figure skating, hockey and an exercise facility.

This summer, SportsQuest began selling tickets for its seven-game Indoor Football League team that begins play April 3 at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond. Ticket prices for the entire season start at $99. Burton said the 2011 season games will be held at the SportsQuest site in Chesterfield.

Another indoor football team Richmond Raiders playing in the American Indoor Football Association, begins its schedule at the Richmond Coliseum next May. The AIFA is a competitor with the IFL.

This story first ran in the Chesterfield Observer, which is an RBS news partner.

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  1. m thompson December 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    velodromes in atl, south carolina and richmond wow!!!

  2. DaveM December 23, 2010 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I still laugh at the two junk indoor football league teams that Richmond has. In 5 years or less both of them (and probably the league) will have folded.

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