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St. James Sports And Entertainment Complex Opens This Week

Posted on Sep 14,2018
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By Emily Leayman

SPRINGFIELD, VA. — The St. James, set to be the region's largest sports and entertainment complex, will open on Saturday, Sept. 15. Located on a 20-acre campus in Springfield, the 450,000-square-foot facility offers a wide variety of sports and wellness venues, programs and services, entertainment and more.

The grand opening is is open to the public and will showcase the facility's offerings, from sports and other activities, spa services and food prepared by celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn. The activities will begin at 8 a.m. with yoga and Kaza dance classes. A ribbon cutting will follow at 10 a.m. with remarks from co-founders Kendrick Ashton and Craig Dixon and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Other sports, games and activities will follow until 5 p.m.

A permanent restaurant headed by Mendelsohn at the St. James won't be ready for the opening, according to the Washington Business Journal. It's set to be ready by November, while Mendelsohn's food and drinks will be available in a temporary area. Other features opening in November are retail and an entertainment center.

"The experiences that are enabled by our combination of sports venues and programming, premium health club, spa and wellness offerings, delicious and healthy food from Chef Spike Mendelsohn, our health care partnership with MedStar Health and our extraordinary active entertainment offerings make The St. James a truly unique destination," said Dixon in a statement. "We're delivering on the promise of providing a wholly new experience for sports, wellness and active lifestyle enthusiasts."

Grand opening activities will include:

  • Sunrise Yoga
  • Kaza Dance
  • Interactive Water Park
  • Opportunities to play soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, squash and golf
  • Exhibition games of hockey, soccer, squash and water polo
  • Mascots from local professional and college teams, including Slapshot from the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and G-Wiz from the NBA's Washington Wizards as well as magicians, face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers and more
  • Spa services from the newly launched brand Courted
  • Food from Chef Spike Mendelsohn and more

Below is an overview of the features at the St. James.

The Sports Facilities
Field House: The field house has 65-foot roof clearances for all turf sports, and its FIFA regulation-sized turf field is the only of its kind in the region.
Court House: This feature has four full-length regulation basketball courts that convert into nine volleyball courts.
Ice House: Two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks for ice sports and a hockey skills training center with RapidShot and RapidHands skills training systems and a skating treadmill are all in the ice house.
Pool House: The main attraction is a 50-meter Olympic regulation-sized competition pool for all water sports.
Hitting House: Test out six batting cages and pitching machines for baseball and softball in a facility that converts into a multipurpose training venue.
Squash and Golf Center: Eight international regulation-sized squash singles courts and seven golf simulators include six full swing studios and a putting studio.
Gymnastics Center: The 10,000-square-foot center has a competition spring floor, deep foam training pits, Tumbl Trak, rod floors and in-ground trampolines.
Climbing and Bouldering Wall: If you dare, try three stories and 6,000 square foot of dynamic climbing. experience

Health and Wellness Programs

Premium Health Club: The 50,000-square-foot health club has state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, spinning, group fitness and yoga rooms, a 10,000-square foot high-performance training center, premium locker rooms and childcare for member families.

High Performance Center: Within the health club, you can get an intense workout in with elite strength, explosiveness and agility conditioning and training equipment housed within the 50,000-square foot premium health club

Courted: This premium medispa, wellness and rejuvenation brand and experience features nine well-appointed treatment rooms for soft tissue, wellness and skin care treatments, cryotherapy, compression and other rejuvenation treatments, a manicure and pedicure studio and a Zen lounge.

MedStar Health and Sports Medicine Center: The health care partner will provide general, non-emergent health care services, sports medicine, sports performance and rehabilitation on site starting in spring 2019.

Entertainment Features

Indoor Water Park: The 6,000-square-foot interactive water park offers slides, massive water dumping buckets, long distance sprayers and other water-based play features.

Entertainment Center: This fun center has 25,000 square feet of dynamic obstacle courses, climbing structures and climbing walls, trampoline zones, virtual reality studios, a gaming theatre and seven party rooms all equipped with gaming systems. This will open in November.

Restaurant and Market Café: Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn will offer healthy and delicious food and drink options in November.

Retail: A sneaker boutique, performance-oriented apparel, technology and equipment and premium The St. James branded apparel open in November.

The training center and sports club is available through various types of memberships. The St. James has already announced a second flagship location in the northern Chicago suburbs for early 2021 and will look at additional locations around the U.S. Fore more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

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