New owners give A-Game Sportsplex fresh start

A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin (WSMV file photo)

A youth sports complex at the center of controversy for years is now getting a fresh start.

The A-Game Sportsplex sold to new owners who shared what will stay and what won’t.

After protests, a lawsuit and bids to create office space over the years, A-Game Sportsplex stays as it is Wednesday.

“Our plan is to preserve this as a youth sports complex,” said Roy Dano, a co-owner of Tennessee Youth Sports, which purchased the facility.

Dano said it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

“Nashville is a growing city, and this is great land and a great purpose building for what it does,” said Dano.

Tennessee Youth Sports plan to revamp the inside but ice rinks won’t return.

“The hockey rinks were an expensive thing to run, to cool and to operate that didn’t make it,” said Dano.

When A-Game shut its doors in 2016 and took out the rinks, it forced Nashville Skating Academy to leave Franklin.

“If you look out on the ice I would kind of have to tell you that 99 percent of all these skaters are from Williamson County,” said Nashville Skating Academy owner Laura Holzman.

So the skating club made Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville its new home.

“The skaters have adjusted. It’s really hard as an elite athlete to make that kind of move again, so I highly doubt that these skaters would move back there,” said Holzman.

What replaces the old rinks will be new multi-use courts to bring in more teams.

“That’s part of our mission right to sort of keep that available for the community,” said Dano.

Alliance Volleyball and Upward Stars Basketball kept using the facility while it was up for sale, and those groups are figuring out what to do next.

The new owners believe using the full building will bring in more money to Williamson County.

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