The country's largest indoor sports complex is under construction in Lancaster County.
The old Armstrong building along Route 283 in East Hempfield Township is being transformed into the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, which will feature more than a half dozen sports venues all under one roof.
"As far as we're aware, we know we're the biggest in the country. We don't know if we're the biggest in the world, but we have a pretty good feeling we are," said Ben Halverson, who helped develop the idea. "The biggest that we're aware of that competes with us is 240,000 square feet. Really, when you talk about square footage, what we are is 16 acres of building."
The complex will include ten volleyball and basketball courts, six tennis courts, four turf field hockey courts, a two-story jungle gym for the kids, rock-climbing walls and a gym, not to mention the food court, retail shop, child care center, and physical therapy and orthopedic services - in case you get hurt while playing.
"Creating this experience for families to come together through sports entertainment and events, it has an enthusiasm that's growing and what we're doing is creating a venue where everything can be hosted under one roof," Halverson said.
Spooky Nook Sports is focusing outside, too. The grassy fields surrounding the building will be turned into turf fields, including a special one.
"Our dome we're very excited about," said Halverson. "It's a clear span, full-size indoor, year-round facility where you can play on turf every day of the year."
There are even plans for the spare outdoor space.
"A mud run obstacle course, which is a 5K obstacle course, which is designed to really tear you up a little bit," said Halverson. "You know, it's gonna be high adventure, high energy and very, very tough to complete."
The complex is expected to be completed on March 1, 2013.
"I can't wait to get on the climbing wall," said Halverson. "The climbing wall is going to be great."