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Hoop Dream: Man Hopes to Bring Basketball Complex to Plainfield

William Leach says facility will offer a professional sports experience.

A man is hoping to bring a professional-quality sports complex to the village — and he’s looking for help making it a reality.

William Leach wants to open Premiere Hoops, a sports complex featuring two NBA-size basketball courts, volleyball courts, a fitness center and other amenities, on 143rd Street near Steiner Road.

Leach, a Plainfield dad and recreation specialist who has worked with area fitness centers, said he saw a need for an athletic complex in Plainfield.

“The parents are really supportive of recreation in this area,” he said. “But it’s really hard to find a basketball space here.”

The facility would offer clinics and camps for basketball players, Leach said, and could be made available for other sports.

“The idea is to give ordinary customers a professional experience,” he said.

Leach has launched a fundraiser website at RocketHub.com to help get the project off the ground.

When completed, he said Premiere Hoops will operate out of a converted 38,000-square-foot barn. Leach estimates it will take about $2.5 million to purchase the property and complete renovations.

Those who donate will also get something out of the deal, according to Leach.

“Basically, what we’re doing is selling pre-memberships for a dirt-cheap price,” he said. Depending on the amount of donations, which can be as low as $1, supports will get rewards such as free day passes, T-shirts, jackets and other incentives.

Once it opens, Premiere Hoops will offer monthly memberships for $87. Athletes can also use the facility for a daily rate.

“We’re hoping to get something going by this time next year,” Leach said, adding the economic downturn has made it tough to find investors and donors to back the project.

“Right now we’re just trying to gather support and take it to the next level,” he said. “It’s going to be family friendly. It’s going to be a great asset to the community.”

For more on the project, visit www.premierehoops.com. To donate, click here.

pattyd August 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Your point is valid, but not always the case. I like the land east of route 30 across the street from the police department. The current location might be a problem, it's to far from 59. And anything to far from Route 59 has a hard time surviving.
pattyd August 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I think I saw tennis courts in the plan.
PfieldJim August 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Isn't there already an abandoned project that is very similar on I-55 in Bolingbrook? That "premier" basketball training facility was supposed to open several years ago and never made it past initial construction of the building's exterior walls. If that project failed so quickly, what is the realistic outcome for this one?
Kevin S August 06, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Yep, there is. And better it be in Bolingbrook or Romeotuckey than in Plainfeld. I'm not a Bball fan but I get the need for a great facility, the premiere website looks fantastic. The concept is great but...unless you have pro, semi teams or farm leagues lined up to use it, the projected monthly costs to sustain the business are unachievable. The target demographic doesn't make business sense and I assume that's why it hasn't been built. Great idea but...
sewbizarre August 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I agree with Jerry and Jamie. Why would I donate for a free t-shirt and then pay $87 per month when I can take my entire family to the YMCA for half of the cost. Also, you have Flight Volleyball and Eich's Sports Complex right down the road where they already have basketball, tennis, soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, baseball, etc. If that isn't enough, then I can go 7 miles away to Lifetime Fitness and pay the $87 per month and even more then what Premier Hoops would be offering.

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