Final Frame – A sporting chance

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 :: Final Frame , Small Business Spotlight
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Photograph courtesy of Synergy Fields

Green Bay’s new Synergy Fields features a 13,500- square-foot, all-synthetic turf field, giving young people and professional athletes a year-round indoor sports training venue in the New North.

Synergy, owned by Scotty Smith, works in partnership with Smith’s other business, House of Speed, to train athletes in soccer, football, baseball and softball. The field already has several specialized training camps planned for this year, including a visit from British soccer experts (the other football), and an offensive lineman camp run by a former player for the New York Jets.

“(House of Speed) has grown quite a bit over the last three years,” Smith says. “We’ve brought in professional athletes and worked with some Packers and some guys from other pro teams, and we needed a facility that could get the kids on a grass-type surface, obviously to get them out of the elements here in Wisconsin.”

The venue also will be host to the professional Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team, hosting the team’s tryouts, training camp and regular season practices. The public will be able to attend regular practice sessions.

But “blizzard” or not, like-minded athletes both aspiring and pro will have a new place to improve their game.

“Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean that we can’t be like (training that’s) happening down south in Louisiana and Florida and places like that,” says Smith. “Just because the grass isn’t green on the outside, it’s green inside, and we can get it done indoors.”