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Spooky Nook Sports already is established as a place for athletic training and competition.

Now Nook Sports is trying to strengthen its appeal as a place for other kinds of events.

The Manheim-area facility has started a $710,000 project to upgrade its event-hosting capabilities, so it can serve a larger range of customers.

The project was announced Tuesday by EDC Finance, a Lancaster-based nonprofit that helps local businesses get state and federal loans and grants.

For the Nook Sports project, EDC Finance helped the facility get a $355,000 loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.

The loan, at 2 percent interest over seven years, will help pay for a new commercial kitchen, event stage, sound system and lighting display, plus the fit-out of a pre-event area.

Described as the largest indoor sports complex in North America, the 2913 Spooky Nook Road facility, off Route 283, already is a frequent host of non-sport events too.

This coming weekend, for instance, it will host the 44th annual Spring Home Show for the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County.

Last month, Nook Sports hosted the Lancaster County Friends of the NRA fundraiser. Last October, it hosted the Lancaster Chamber's 36th annual Business Expo.

Nook Sports also is expanding its reach in athletics. Locally, it's agreed to buy Lanco Fieldhouse for $4 million. At the same time, it's proposing a $38 million complex in Hamilton, Ohio.

Nook Sports opened in 2013 in a former Armstrong World Industries flooring distribution center.

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