On most weekends during the last six years, the Nook Sports founders found themselves traveling the country to one youth sports event after another. The more they moved from venue to venue, the more they were struck by the lack of sports facilities that offered quality customer service, great playing and spectator conditions and additional activities for down times.
Before too long, they were on a mission: find an existing building suitable for running sports and activities in their beloved community, and create a family-centric sports, entertainment and events venue.
In November 2011, after a thorough search, an old Armstrong World Industries distribution center in Manheim, Pennsylvania hit the radar, and the rest was history. Even though the building was empty and in need of renovation, everyone agreed it just screamed whistles, cheering crowds and the hustle and bustle of an exciting sports venue…and they bought it.
The group knew the building (which sits on 65 acres) was big, but they didn’t realize quite how big. As they researched their plans, they discovered that it would be nearly twice the size of the next biggest sports complex facility in the country. In fact, they are not aware of any indoor sports complex quite this big anywhere else in the world!
The company owes its name to its location on Spooky Nook Road. Locally, the road is affectionately referred to on a regular basis, and the founders thought it made for the coolest sports brand around!