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Rocklin City Council gives nod to Strikes Sports Pavilion

Making it a ‘wow’ project
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Rocklin City Council OK’d a plan Nov. 13 for Strikes Unlimited to construct its Sports Pavilion next to its bowling and sports bar facility.

Doug Brown, Strikes Unlimited Events Manager, said the approval was unanimous. However, there is a 30-day appeals process afforded the public before the plans can be submitted for permit. Brown said there are some minor changes to be made to the final plans but Strikes Unlimited should be ready to file by Dec. 17.

“Everyone was behind this to get a permit,” said Brown from his office at Strikes Unlimited. “We have to present final information.”

The original proposal measures over a football field in length and 130 feet wide. It will house two full-court basketball courts and two soccer fields 120-by-60 covered with Liga Turf 260 by Polytan/STI Kunstrasen. It is Federation International Football Association (FIFA) approved.

If all goes well, Brown hopes to begin construction sometime in January and have the facility completed by mid June.

“I’m going to take my time and do it right,” Brown said of the construction period, providing the project is blessed with good weather.

Strikes Unlimited came up with the idea because so many athletic organizations have to go out of the area to find such sports pavilions. Brown said that’s not only an additional burden on the athletes but also means the revenue generated doesn’t benefit local businesses. The facility would also be available for independent, professional sports trainers.

Brown said the Lonetree Boulevard area is ideal because of the space available for commercial growth and a need to show people what businesses there have to offer.

A fan of Duke University, Brown said he is working to get former Blue Devils’ basketball star Christian Laettner to inaugurate the pavilion with a fantasy camp. Laettner played on Duke’s 1991 and ’92 national championship teams and spent 13 years playing for the National Basketball Association. He was also a member of the USA gold-winning “Dream Team” in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

“That’s my goal,” Brown said of the fantasy camp, “and what a way for a Duke fan to go.”

Brown said he wants the sports pavilion to be a “wow” experience for all who use it.