There are still three months of work to be done, but the new Papillion Landing Field House is already generating business.
The 81,000-square-foot field house, near Lincoln Street and Cheyenne Drive, is part of the $48 million Papillion Landing Community Recreation Center and Field House project. The field house has an opening date of Nov. 1, while the community center will open on the same date in 2019.
Papillion Recreation Director Lori Hansen said the field house is already a big attraction before its doors have even opened.
“We’re already booked up for most nights,” Hansen said.
The field house is a multipurpose facility that will be able to accommodate numerous sports teams and provide community meeting space.
The main feature of the field house is a 75-yard-by-50-yard turfed surface that can be used as one large playing surface or divided into halves or quarters. The turf is expected to be put down sometime in October.
The lower level also features four permanent batting cages for softball or baseball, as well as offices and storage space.
Upper-level amenities include a multipurpose area with pitching mounds that will feature live hitting, as well as meeting rooms that can be reserved for free by residents. There is also an outdoor mezzanine, where visitors will have a view of the outdoor playing field.
Hansen said many of the reserved times have been slotted for teams involved with the Papillion Recreation Organization.
She said Nebraska Christian College and area select programs have also been active in securing reservations. The Recreation Department is also exploring hosting large tournaments at the venue.
She said the field house will be open for use for teams seven days a week. She added that there will be times during the day when the public will be able to use the facility as well.
“There are going to be a lot of moving pieces down the road, so who knows the different ways we might be able to utilize it?” she said. “I think we’re going to learn a lot this first year.”
Hansen said the department is pleased that it was able to keep rates affordable.
“We feel good about the pricing,” she said. “We were very careful to be reasonable and not be that shiny new penny that’s going to be higher priced than everyone.”
For field house availability and pricing, visit papillion.org/745/Papillion-Landing.
As work on the field house wraps up in the fall, Nick Porter of Sampson Construction said the focus will fall on the community center building. The plans are for the building to be completely enclosed this winter to allow for indoor work.
A 20-year veteran of the Recreation Department, Hansen said this project is a crown jewel not only for the department, but for the Papillion community.
“Our city has tripled in size since I’ve been here, but we’ve never been able to provide this amenity for people, and it’s caused them to go outside the community,” she said.
“By adding this, we’ve done something great for Papillion.”