The acquisition of a Chesterfield sports complex is in the bag.
Orlando-based XL Sports World this month closed on its purchase of the Richmond Indoor Sports Experience, better known as RISE.
The company paid $3 million for RISE’s four-acre, 48,000-square-foot indoor facility, according to Chesterfield County records. The RISE name has been phased out in favor of the XL Sports World brand. The deal was announced in January.
XL operates indoor soccer facilities in Orlando; Saco, Maine; and Raleigh, N.C. It also organizes international sports travel for teams.
The Chesterfield facility at 2300 Oak Lake Blvd., near 288 and the Powhite Parkway, also got a spring makeover this month, paid for by its new owner.
The complex was shut down for nine days to spruce up its turf fields and build-out an expanded player’s lounge, complete with a 100-inch TV projection screen, said facility director Christopher Robinson.
“The whole facility looks like it did when we first opened, which is kind of eerie and pretty cool,” Robinson said.
Joey Robinson (Christopher Robinson’s brother) and several partners founded RISE 10 years ago.
The facility hosts 250 adult and youth teams during its peak season. Its business is largely from soccer teams, but the complex also caters to lacrosse and baseball.
I hope they upgrade the food and drinks. I’ll never understand why places that are supposed to advocate healthy lifestyles (hospitals and sports complexes) serve up pizza, fries and hot dogs. With that said, put some local brews on tap.