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Cedar Point Sports Center & Sports Force Park

Sandusky, OH
Construction Cost: $38 million (indoor)
Area / Square Feet: 260,000SF
Occupancy Date: December 2019

The central goal of the Cedar Point Sports Center project, with its 10 basketball and 20 volleyball courts, was to present a world-class facility for year-round tournament play that provides both visitor and athete a professional-arena experience. This experience begins upon arrival with the massing of a dynamic glass facade and canopy that stretch along the main entry, and continues through a voluminous lobby adorned with a center-hung scoreboard, and on to the mezzanine level overlooking the main and championship courts. Sights, sounds, energy and excitement of an event are maximized.

Community-centric amenities include an elevated walking track and a family entertainment area designed to accommodate families during off-court time. This area contains a Ballocity system, a soft play area, climbing towers, a ninja warrior course and an arcade. The flex space areas also allow for parties and seating for an adjacent café.

To complement the sports program, a 30,000-square-foot sports medicine facility, operated by the regional medical center, is located immediately next to the tournament courts. The facility is further enhanced by a physical therapy gym and dedicated sports performance area featuring synthetic turf and a competition-level track.

The 57-acre Sports Force Park features nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields: four NCAA-regulation baseball fields, eight NCAA-regulation soccer and lacrosse fields, a championship baseball/softball stadium, training areas and an ADA-accessible field. The site takes advantage of the former airfield by utilizing sight lines to Sandusky Bay from the main entrance. Drawing cues from historic Cedar Point Amusement Park, the fields area centers around a main midway that serves as the entertainment core of the complex. Within the midway, the “great lawn” area includes an 18-hole miniature golf course, a trampoline park, a ropes course, food vendors, an inflatable screen for movies and several playgrounds.