The East Coast is a bustling region that resides along the North Atlantic Ocean. Its residents are an active bunch, and when winter’s fury arrives, it’s difficult for them to participate in their chosen sports and games. Fortunately, they have a slew of quality indoor facilities that enable them to break a sweat. Here are a few of the best facilities on the East Coast.
1. Adirondack Sports Complex, Queensbury, New York
While Adirondack is a premier multi-sport and event facility for both indoor and outdoor field sports, the complex’s crown jewel is its dome that offers 108,000 square feet of climate-controlled space that is perfect for sporting events, trade shows and conventions. Because the dome is completely supported by air, there are no pillars to limit space or floor designs, and its indoor turf provides durable, sure-footing for athletes.
2. Competitive Edge Sports, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
As the mid-Atlantic region’s premier basketball, volleyball and futsal destination, Competitive Edge, a 55,000-square-foot facility, lays claim to five state-of-the-art floating maple hardwood courts, 12 basketball rims, four high school-regulated courts, one NBA-regulated court, wireless electronic scoreboards and a 6,000-square-foot SAQ area. The center annually holds more than 20 tournaments and plays host to almost 30 events from outside groups.
3. Erie Insurance Arena, Erie, Pennsylvania
Located in the heart of downtown Erie, this multipurpose indoor arena hosts a wide range of sports, including hockey, basketball and wrestling. Opened in 1983, the arena underwent a $47 million renovation and expansion that included new club level and luxury suites, expanded concourses, new seats with cupholders, expanded capacity, additional restrooms and concession areas and 50 new television monitors. From September through April, the arena’s concrete floor turns to ice. For concerts, basketball and trade shows during this time, the ice is covered with synthetic, insulated floor panels.
4. Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, Binghamton, New York
One of the largest dome air-structures in the country, the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex measures more than 125,000 square feet and contains two offices, a restaurant, cafeteria and party room. The structure’s main purpose is to house a full-sized soccer field and it also sports a large skylight that allows natural light to enter the complex. The facility can hold multiple sports at once, including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, baseball and softball, along with a driving range.
5. Hudson Valley Sportsdome, Milton, New York
A 92,000-square-foot indoor facility designed for field sports, this dome contains four indoor fields, each 30 yards by 60 yards, giving athletes the chance to play on the largest indoor turf fields in the Northeast. Its full indoor field is outdoor regulation size (65 yards by 127 yards) and the fields are made up of rubber infill sports turf. The dome sports a 65-foot-high ceiling and is heated and air-conditioned for year-round comfort. With 32 LED lights (the same lights that illuminated the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona) the fields are extremely well lit.
6. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
This multi-purpose indoor arena opened in 1972 and occupies 63 acres of Mitchel Field, the site of a former Army and Air Force base. The Coliseum is used for sporting events, concerts, large exhibitions, shows and trade shows and is home to the NBA G-League’s Long Island Nets. The venue underwent an 18-month, $165 million renovation that made this historic arena the centerpiece of a reimagined sports and entertainment village. The 416,000-square-foot arena features capacities of 14,500 for concerts, 13,500 for basketball and 13,000 for hockey.
7. New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Located on 22.3 acres of land, this 300,000-square-foot indoor skating facility is home to eight full-sized rinks and two studio rinks, making it the largest indoor skating venue in North America. Home to the Skating Club of Boston, Minuteman Flames, Junior Bruins and Becker College hockey teams, there is no better place for hockey teams to host their next tournament. The New England Sports Center has an impressive number of heated viewing areas totaling 35,000 square feet. The venue also has more than 75 locker rooms, a hockey pro shop, ice skate sharpening and rentals, function rooms, an arcade, a full-service restaurant and a snack bar.
8. Providence Career and Technical Academy, Providence Rhode Island
This $80 million building opened its doors in 2009, and it has drawn praise as one of the best facilities in the region. Set amid polished steel and glass, the 65,000-square-foot house takes up nearly a city block. The field house contains a 200-meter indoor track, basketball courts and an indoor soccer field. It has played host to several track and field events, basketball tournaments, wrestling and soccer matches and has also hosted the New England Cheerleading Championships. The facility can seat approximately 1,800 people.
9. Spooky Nook, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
With more than 700,000 square feet under one roof and more than 50 acres of outdoor facilities, Spooky Nook has the capacity to simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events throughout every season. Spooky Nook’s indoor facilities contain 10 hardwood basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts, four field hockey courts, six soccer fields, a 200-meter indoor track and a full-sized baseball field. The facility also maintains its state-of-the-art image with a fitness center, a climbing center, a food court and an arcade. Looking to stay in Lancaster while at a tournament or event? The venue has you covered with its 135-room Warehouse Hotel.
10. XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
The 16,000-seat downtown arena is home to the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The center is also home to the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the primary developmental affiliate of the New York Rangers. Opened in 1974 as the Hartford Civic Center, the arena contains 46 luxury suites and a 310-seat Coliseum Club, plus 25,000 square feet of arena floor space, enabling it to be used for trade shows, conventions, concerts and ice shows.