Four Seasons Rebuilds And It Is Even Better Than The Original One

#9 Sports Story

December 30, 1990|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Staff writer

The greatest comeback in Carroll sports in 1990 belonged to the Four Seasons complex in Hampstead.

The sports complex, which sustained more than $1.2 million damage in a July 1989 fire, reopened in March -- new and improved.

The State Fire Marshal's Office ruled the blaze arson. No arrests have been made.

Although the lack of an arrest has frustrated the complex's owners, it didn't stop them from rebuilding.

Ground was broken for the new complex in November 1989.

The new sports complex, like the original, contains:

* Two racquetball courts.

* Nine indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

* Indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts.

* An outdoor swimming pool.

* Fitness and aerobic programs.

* Men's and women's locker rooms.

* Indoor tanning.

* Supervised day care.

The rebuilt complex also added an indoor arena, whirlpool sauna and sports bar.

"The newest and most exciting addition is the new indoor arena, which features soccer, softball and lacrosse," said Kevin Bidelspach, general manager and part owner of the facility.

The indoor arena opened in mid-September and currently has 70 soccer teams, 16 softball squads and eight lacrosse teams registered this winter.

The arena features a $28,000 --er board system, similar to the one used by the Baltimore Blast in the Baltimore Arena, along with netting and turf.

The new features have brought in new members for the complex.

"Everything is progressing real well," Bidelspach said. "We are bringing in an average of 50 to 60 new members a month."

The complex first opened in the late 1970s and was purchased by Bidelspach and Gregg Newman in 1985.

The complex added weightlifting equipment, saunas, racquetball courts and aerobics in 1987,and an indoor arena was near completion when the fire occurred.

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