Thanks to owner and director Kelly Cragg, individuals and local sports teams have a new indoor facility to keep their skills sharp throughout the year, regardless of weather and time constraints. The long anticipated Danvers Indoor Sports Arena , formally the Topsfield Arena, is finally open.
Let Them Have Space
This state of the art facility provides 85,000 sq. feet of space, with four of the highest quality artificial turf fields for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, a multi-use court for basketball and pickle-ball, strength and conditioning accessability with Impact Sports right next door, as well as mezzanine and catwalk for spectators, and team rooms.
The upper deck also has space for a full concession stand, offering snack and lunch items with tables and a flat screen TV. The indoor facility expects to host 500 teams, 52,000 players, and over 120,000 spectators a year.
From Babies To Boomers
The facility is not limited to team use, however. There will be programs for the much younger set as well, thanks to the state of the art climate control system. “Just the heat alone gives us the opportunity to move forward with the development of childrens' programs in the 18 months to 5-year-old market,” Cragg said.
“There are actually more [baby] boomers than kids in this area, which might surprise a lot of people,” he continues. “So we’ll be able to give them space to play bean bag golf and bocce on one of the fields, and a game called “pickle-ball,” which is a cross between tennis and ping pong that uses a squash paddle, on the multi-use court. It’s a great alternative for seniors who love tennis, but can’t cover a whole tennis court. So we’ll have babies on one field and boomers on another,” he laughed.
Practice Makes Perfect
Cragg is best known in the soccer community for his successful indoor soccer league that was operated out of the Topsfield Arena for over 20 years. In the new facility he is bringing 40 years of experience in coordinating and scheduling intra-league play to his latest venture.
“Its been a long time getting to this point, and I'm just thrilled it's finally here. The customer base in this area deserves a high quality facility. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’m excited to finally be opening,” said Cragg.
Danvers Indoor Sports is taking deposits now for winter league play. Located at 150 Rear Andover Street, the access road is directly to the left of Carter’s Diamonds, across the street from the Olive Garden.
Owner: Kelly Cragg