The Highlands Sports Complex aims to build on the number of tournaments, birthday parties and facility rentals that already take place there.
Harvey Greenidge, the sports complex’s general manager, briefed members of the Ohio County Development Authority on Thursday of his plans for the facility.
The sports complex’s finances “are looking good” for the current fiscal year, Greenidge said. He then shared with the agency how he hopes to improve and generate more revenue for the next year.
“We want to bring additional tournaments to the facility,” Greenidge said. “There were weeks where we didn’t have any tournaments, then there were weeks where we had two tournaments. We filled in the weekends, so we had two tournaments.”
But the next step for the complex could be to simply retire from the sport, he continued.
Greenidge said there are opportunities for exhibits and charity walks at the sports complex and these could benefit the facility financially.
“Birthday celebrations – we will continue to expand this area,” he added. “It’s been a great revenue stream for us. We host a lot of birthday parties and we want to make sure we don’t get boring and stagnant in this area.
“We will be introducing new packages for birthday parties so we can continue this revenue stream there as well.”
The climbing wall at the sports complex was also a successful feature, and Greenidge proposed the idea of starting a climbing club there.
“We also want to expand our local collaborations,” he added. “Hopefully next year we’ll start with the YWCA and the summer camps that we wanted to do this year.”
The sports complex is also working closely with Wheeling Parks and Recreation on a basketball program and plans to do more with the YWCA in the coming months, according to Greenidge.
The facility also plans to invite more local schools to field trips and events, he continued.
“We had a big spike in May when schools came out and we’re going to try to extend that to the whole year,” Greenidge said.
Soon there will also be a “Pro Shop” in the facility, where the employees of the sports facility will print the T-shirts needed for tournaments themselves. The needed press has been ordered and now a blank T-shirt supplier is needed, he said.
“That’s another revenue stream that we’re going to start with next year,” Greenidge told members. “Instead of these tournaments using a third party, we’re going to do it ourselves.”
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