Lubbock Indoor Courts opens with eight new basketball/volleyball courts
When the Adams and the Nettles families were applying for loans to build Lubbock Indoor Courts, their business plan included an optimistic one sports tournament a month.
Tressa Adams referred to that plan as “very conservative,” even while acknowledging the massive 60,000-square-foot metal building houses four hardwood courts and four courts on a multi-use sports flooring for volleyball and basketball.
But since the eight courts opened in early February, she said there has only been one weekend when there was not a tournament at Lubbock Indoor Courts.
Adams said every night, the Lubbock Indoor Courts is open for practices for local teams. Sometimes people come in to use the meeting rooms or have a birthday party.
“We knew we would have some (teams practicing during the week) but I don’t think we anticipated” being full every night, Adams said.
She and her husband, Scott Adams, said they really didn’t think about sports beyond volleyball and basketball, although they hoped people would use the sports courts with multi-use flooring for conferences or conventions.
But they’ve already had a karate tournament at the courts, with other teams asking about using the facility for wrestling and roller hockey. Local baseball teams even asked if they could put in batting cages for practice during winter months. The city of Wolfforth is planning a water expo during the summer months at Lubbock Indoor Courts.
“There are just so many opportunities, so many things we hadn’t even thought of,” Tressa Adams said. “I think there’s so much potential.”
Scott Adams laughed as he said the State Cornhole Tournament will be held at Lubbock Indoor Courts in June.
“All it is, is a beanbag toss,” Scott Adams said, adding he didn’t know what it was when organizers called to ask about availability. “It’s a pretty serious event. We didn’t even know it existed.”
Additionally, coaches from local schools are calling to reserve the courts for summer camps.
With Lubbock’s central location between West Texas towns, the Lubbock Indoor Courts are a good location for tournaments. Scott Adams said the business is already seeing players from El Paso to Amarillo. He said one team even came down from Denver.
Tressa Adams said she, her husband and co-owners Golden and Scott Nettles are learning to anticipate what athletes in each sport might want from the concession stand and in the pro shop.
“We have a full-service concession that we have opened every time we have a tournament,” Tressa Adams said. While they serve standard concession fare such as Frito pies and burgers, they also serve sub sandwiches, fruit smoothies, grilled chicken sandwiches and fruit cups for the athletes. She said basketball tournaments tend to serve different foods than volleyball tournaments, and they are learning which to stock up on before tournaments begin.
The pro shop was intended to have just a few items athletes might not have brought from home, but has been more successful than anticipated while offering everything from socks and headbands to knee pads and Advil. Tressa Adams said they added a T-shirt press to the pro shop to offer customized shirts during tournaments.
The business has already taken off beyond their wildest dreams, Tressa Adams said, but several local officials encouraged them all along that this could happen.
“The community has been very excited that we are here locally,” Golden Nettles said. “They are wanting to help in any way that they can.”
Golden Nettles said both families were motivated to bring a sports complex to Lubbock after years of traveling to tournaments in Albuquerque, Amarillo and Dallas with their children.
“We have had our kids play sports for years and traveled many places out of town and realized that Lubbock needed a facility like this,” Golden Nettles said. “We just knew that it would be a great business to have and that we could make it happen.”
Tressa Adams pointed out the quote painted in the entryway of the facility when she talked about overcoming her fear that maybe the business wouldn’t work out: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
Building Lubbock Indoor Courts was “a huge undertaking,” she said. But the Adams and the Nettles had faith that it would work out if they persevered.
Now, she said, she feels like the hard work is just beginning while trying to keep up with all of the sports demand in Lubbock.
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