HAMILTON - On Oct. 13, 2011, the paper mill announced it was closing. In 2012, for the first time in a century and a half, Hamilton became a city without paper manufacturing. But while these buildings sat vacant for years, a reminder of a time gone by, they have also come to represent opportunity for Hamilton’s future.
In 2015, the City of Hamilton began a partnership with Spooky Nook Sports to develop a plan that would ultimately become a $144 million reinvestment project. Spooky Nook Sports is based in Lancaster, Penn., where it owns and operates the nation’s largest indoor sports complex. There, Spooky Nook is a center of community activity, even on a Monday night.