The former Champion Paper Mill is being transformed into the county’s largest indoor sports complex. The $144 million development will also include a hotel, convention center space, and space for potential restaurants and other amenities. It is expected to draw over a million visitors to Hamilton each year. Spooky Nook Sports already operates an indoor sports facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the complex creates $39.2 million in annual off site spending, which is anticipated to help support Hamilton’s local restaurants and shops as well as to increase the number of amenities (more restaurants, shops, hotels, and recreational opportunities) that all Hamiltonians can enjoy. The sports complex is expected to open in 2021.
Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill is important to a number of Plan Hamilton goals, including the following from Economic Development:
Activate development along the Great Miami River that is envisioned in the River Master Plan
Prioritize key brownfield redevelopment opportunities, such as the Champion Paper Mill and Mohawk Paper sites
Develop and implement creative economic development tools to attract and retain quality of life businesses