Last week, the news came down from the City of Welland that Youngs Sportsplex will be under new management to start 2017. As of January 1, 2017, Spectra will be the new management operator of the 128,000 sq. ft. facility.
Spectra is a large international venue management company, operating more than 140 venues. Local properties under their management include the First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum) in Hamilton, Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Hamilton Place, Budweiser Gardens in London, and Ryerson University’s Mattamy Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) in Toronto.
“The Youngs Sportsplex is a recreational asset for our City and it’s a premier indoor sports facility in Niagara,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “It is currently under capacity and under-utilized so we’re excited about having Spectra on board to help us maximize programming and maximize revenue.”
In addition to exploring programming opportunities, forging new alliances, and creating special events, Spectra will be partnering with the current anchor tenants, the Welland Soccer Club and the Welland Tennis Club. Spectra have also indicated that they will be making investments in leasehold improvements in the facility to provide food and beverage options for patrons.
We look forward to seeing what Spectra will bring to Youngs Sportsplex in the new year; helping our facility to grow and expand!