FAIRBANKS — Responding to demand for a winter field for sports like soccer and flag-football, the Alaska Club gym on the Old Richardson Highway converted one of its tennis courts to a turf field.
The new field is made of padded indoor-outdoor turf, measures 47 feet by 110 feet and is available to rent for rates from $50 to $90 per hour with discounts available for extended use. Renters do not need to be members of the Alaska Club.
“There’s not really any indoor turf area in Fairbanks, so it was really a long-term need for the community,” said Alaska Club marketing director Connie Dorman. “Not having a place to practice through the winter has really hurt some of our local teams.”
There has been talk of building the field for two years, and the decision was made in July, Dorman said. She would not say how much the statewide gym business spent on the field.
The field opened last weekend and on its first weekend was the venue for a 3-on-3 soccer tournament organized by the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association.
In addition to sports, the field also will be home to a scheduled toddler play time. Parents will be able to bring children up to 6 years old to play with toys on the turf for between $2.50 and $4 per visit.
The gym sacrificed a tennis court to build the field but still has two indoor courts and four outdoor courts.
The Alaska Club has 18 Alaska locations — 13 in the Anchorage area, three in the Fairbanks area and two in the Juneau area.
For more information about the new field, call Debbie Ganley, manager of the South Fairbanks gym, at 458-1777.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.