New indoor sports facility coming to Riverton
If you like to play field sports, but don’t like the chill of the cold months, a new covered field currently under construction in Riverton may soon meet your needs.
The Utah Sports Lodge sports bubble will be owned by Robert Horn and managed by his father, Austin Horn. The bubble is like a giant tent with concrete footings and is made to protect occupants from the weather.
The sports facility will be located in Riverton at 12432 South 3670 West, next to Lowe’s.
“Our target date for opening is mid-December,” Austin Horn said.
The Horns’ initial plan called for three training fields, in addition to the covered field. However, the city council had concerns that the fields would be too close to neighbors. It was discovered later in discussion that there is only one house there currently.
On Nov. 1, a final site plan for the project was presented to the city council. At that meeting, Robert Horn told the council, “If it doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen until next year.”
Initially, the site plan could not get council approval. But that evening the Horns reworked the plan and the council gave its approval with certain conditions.
Two of the three training fields were eliminated. The remaining field won’t be lit. Parking was increased to no less than 60 spaces from an original 49. The council also required that the Horns have an eight-foot wall built on the northern property line.
On Nov. 18, Austin Horn told The South Valley Journal that they were waiting for a building permit for offices, restrooms and a concession stand. Both men confirmed that the grading had been done and other preparations were complete.
Austin Horn said the bubble will be 240 feet long, 120 feet wide and 40 feet tall with 28,800 square feet of playing field. The main field will be covered by the bubble from October until March and removed for the warmer months. There will be very few spectators, Robert Horn said.
The field will be rented by the hour and for tournaments.Austin Horn said the main field will likely have soccer goals most of the time. Robert Horn said that 200 teams have pre-registered to use the field.
Why build a covered soccer field in Riverton?
“I have a 17 year history with soccer and there is a great need for a training field for soccer and other sports,” Robert Horn said.
Horn considered more than 75 locations for the sports lodge before choosing the Riverton site. They were “looking for a location in the south end of the valley with easy access,” and their final location, “seems to fit,” he said.