The company dreamed of becoming a major hospitality industry player and saw Grand Park Sports Campus as the place to hit a home run. But there were signs of trouble from the start, and unpaid bills quickly piled up.
Craig Wood has spent most of his 60 years on 191st Street in Westfield, living and working on his family farm. For most of that time, the adjacent land has been other houses and farm fields, but that all changed on Nov. 18, 2011, when construction on Grand Park Sports Campus began.
The city of Westfield has quietly used its Grand Junction tax increment financing fund to begin settling a lease disagreement with NinjaZone, which comes after the inaugural Colts Camp at Grand Park last summer took over the events center because of inclement weather.
With three days remaining, the Colts camp has already received more visitors than it did in its final year at Anderson University. But the crowd numbers are still well below what they reached early this decade.
The development, proposed for the southwest corner of Wheeler Road and 181st Street, could be started in spring 2019 and open in fall 2020 if approvals are received and fundraising goals are met, YMCA and school officials said.
The Indianapolis Colts will pay Westfield for using Grand Park and let the sports complex keep revenue from parking fees and food and beverage sales. But there are costs associated with hosting the training camp.
Team officials and officials from Westfield have scheduled a morning press conference to reveal “a major partnership that will make Westfield a destination for sports fans beyond youth sports,” the team said.
Westfield filed the lawsuit earlier this year, seeking $3 million from Illinois-based Turf Solutions Group LLC and its bonding company, Oklahoma-based Granite RE Inc., for breach of contract and negligence.