A local youth basketball organization is planning a $10 million sports complex in Glasgow, slated to open in 2022.
The proposed 100,000-square-foot facility will include six basketball courts and an indoor 80-yard turf field, as well as a cafe, classrooms, a physical therapy room and a mezzanine.
It will be built on 13.5 acres at 900 GBC Drive in a business park off Del. 896 just north of Glasgow Park. The vacant parcel sits behind Siemens.
Lonnie Wright, founder of Nothing But Net Sports Academy, said the new facility will give a boost to athletes in Delaware.
“It brings excitement and exposure,” Wright said. “Our athletes deserve this. It’s going to be incredible for the community.”
Nothing But Net was founded in 2017 and serves approximately 300 kids. It currently holds its programs at an elementary school in Wilmington.
The organization has five AAU teams as well as a growth and development league.
Wright said the new facility gives the organization its own home and allows it to host tournaments. It is already slated to host a 12-day tournament in 2023 that will draw participants from around the world.
The building will also serve as the home court for Olympus Prep, a nationally ranked prep school from New Jersey. Wright said he anticipates up to 4,000 people coming to watch the team take on other top programs from around the country.
“They’ll bring national attention and national media,” he said.
Beyond basketball, Nothing But Net will focus on education as well, offering programs that focus on mental health, life skills and tutoring. It is also planning a sports media program that will train kids to live-stream events, interview athletes and produce articles for a website.
“A lot of kids are interested in sports, but not all kids are athletes,” said Clissa Taylor, who will coordinate the education program.
A second phase of the project, not expected to begin for several years, will add outdoor baseball, lacrosse and football fields.