An indoor play space, built for the kids

2013-07-20T00:00:00Z An indoor play space, built for the kidsAngela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A 40,000-square-foot indoor sports center is scheduled to open Aug. 4 on Tucson's northwest side.

Sporting Chance Center, at 2100 W. Curtis Road, is large enough to accommodate up to five basketball courts or eight volleyball courts, as well as any other activity that makes use of a wood floor.

The complex came to fruition through a partnership between Tucson Medical Center, Pima County and Southern Arizona Community Sports.

Although Pima County owns the facility and covers a portion of its operating costs, no taxpayer money was used for the building, said Don Tringali, director of Southern Arizona Community Sports, which operates the facility.

Funding for the $6 million center came from three major financial partners: Sporting Chance Youth Basketball, Community Benefit Foundation (funded by Tucson Medical Center), and the Tucson Conquistadores.

"TMC stepped up really big," Tringali said.

The land at Curtis Park was donated and Pima County is providing some operating subsidies, such as a portion of the utilities and maintenance for the first 10 years, Tringali said.

The sports center's primary mission is to provide low-cost space for organized youth sports, such as basketball and volleyball.

"In addition to that, we will have some open play hours for the community," Tringali said. "The focus is on getting kids healthy and active."

There are no set hours for open play. They will be set weekly and posted at www.sportingchancecenter.org

The center also hopes to provide some time for special events such as Special and Senior Olympics and some adult programming "at times that don't conflict with its primary constituents, which are the kids," Tringali said.

If You Go

Sporting Chance Center is at 2100 W. Curtis Road.

It is hosting the 20th Annual Summer Slam this weekend. See www.sportingchancecenter.org for a schedule. Open play will begin after Aug. 11. A schedule will be posted online after Aug. 4.

Contact: 888-1288.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at apitteng@azstarnet.com or 573-4137.

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