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Strikes hopes to add indoor basketball, soccer

Planning Commission mulls new sports complex
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Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin is branching out into indoor basketball and soccer with a new $2 million sports complex planned for the Lonetree Boulevard location.

The Rocklin Planning Commission is expected to weigh the owner’s request and public comments at its 6 p.m. meeting Oct. 16  at the Rocklin Administration Building on Rocklin Road.

The tent-like design made of plaster and steel will encompass nearly 55,000 square feet to be placed right alongside the Strikes Unlimited Bowling Alley and Halftime Bar & Grill.

Doug Brown, the events director of Strikes Unlimited, said Rocklin is a great community for this type of expansion.

“If you look at how successful our high school sports are in this area, it’s a big feeder,” he said. “It’s a great location. Everyone focuses around the development of the kids in all categories, not just sports.”

Brown, a former director of a youth basketball league, has also taught high school and middle school sports. He said many sports teams are being turned away from other facilities because they’re too busy. Now Brown is looking to serve that potential business.

Placer Valley Tourism, a hotel trade group in south Placer County, reports that soccer and basketball events are on the rise from a year ago.

“There is a huge need for it,” Brown said. “Every youth program in this area is going to benefit from this facility.” 

~ Jon Brines