EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


April 22, 2008

Focus: Indoor facilities offer everything from basketball to 40-foot climbing walls


The facility still houses two indoor soccer fields and runs youth soccer leagues. Granite Fields also has lacrosse and field hockey teams from local high schools who use the fields to practice when the weather outside is not cooperative.

Granite Fields has batting cages and offers hitting clinics in softball and baseball as well as a cheerleading school and clinics on the second floor.

"The real advantage of places like this is the versatility," said the SportsZone's Reed. "We have all of the traditional sports and are able to do some not so traditional things as well."

For instance, in February, the SportsZone hosted a competitive agility dog show. They also host birthday parties and end-of-season parties for local youth teams. Reed said that parties on their climbing wall are the most popular.

The SportsZone also plays host to tournaments in many less traditional sports.

"We have held Wiffle ball tournaments, ultimate Frisbee tournaments, dodgeball and flag football tournaments, as well as AAU tournaments and practices for AAU and high school teams," said Reed.

At the PhanZone, there are wrestling clinics for middle and high school students, as well as craft and flower shows, battles of the bands, antique shows and bingo nights. The PhanZone even rents office space out to a private investigation firm.

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