New Indoor Sports Complex to open in Sanford

Crystal Athletic Training Facillity expected to open on Route 4 this Winter

An existing Asati Air Structure and Inflatable Dome. Source: Asati Website
By Madison Osborne, STAFF WRITER

SANFORD, Maine – Coastal Riptide, a youth baseball training organization currently based in Wells is building a new indoor sports complex on Route 4 in Sanford, set to open this winter.

The Crystal Athletic Training Facility should be up and ready to rent out this January, according to Jana Doughty, Co-Owner of Coastal Riptide. It will be located at 414 Alfred Road, previously Mimi’s Nails.

The Sanford Crystal Athletic Facility blueprint. Source: Jana Doughty, Co-Owner

According to renderings shared by Coastal Riptide (right), the indoor part of the facility will be a 125’ x 150’ blow-up dome with a high school-sized baseball field, as well as a Little League-sized baseball field. There will be a big outfield that doubles as a multipurpose field for other sports.

There will be also outdoor fields and a separate area for concession stands and bathrooms soon after it’s built.

After a lot of extensive research, Coastal Riptide owners decided to work with Air Structures American Technology Inc. (ASATI). Doughty shared one of the reasons they decided to go with ASATI was because it’s a family-run company.

“We immediately were made to feel that we were now part of their family, which is in line with the Coastal Riptide mentality,” said Doughty. “All of our members are family members.”

Doughty is very excited to be able to provide the indoor training space for local organizations that Sanford has been lacking.

Doughty said the community feedback has been incredibly positive. “All of our families are incredibly excited about moving into the new space,” adding that “the members are excited to be able to play on a full baseball diamond during their extensive winter training.”

Domes by Asati have been used by several NFL teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins, and universities like Harvard and Columbia.

According to the Asati website, they use a safety cable net system that was made in 1968. These vinyl-coated cables “can withstand the most severe environmental conditions, while the air-tight anchorage system provides even greater stability.”

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