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Indoor Sports 'Bubble,' Hotel Set for Complex Near Six Flags Great Adventure

First Phase by Cardinale Aims to Lure Tournaments, Overnight Travelers
June 28, 2018
Rendering courtesy of Cardinale Enterprises.

Construction of an entertainment and indoor sports complex, featuring a 114,000-square-foot "bubble" structure and a Hilton Garden Hotel, is underway at a site next to the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ.

Developer Cardinale Enterprises held a groundbreaking ceremony at the 150-acre site, launching the nearly $50 million first phase of the project on Wednesday. The parcel on Monmouth Road is only half of the total 300-acre property that the firm, based in Jackson, is assembling to make room for the project’s later additions.

The initial phase of the Adventure Crossing development will include an inflatable sports bubble or dome located within or connected to a traditional building to permit mezzanine and first-floor viewing of the action.

The sports facility will have five convertible basketball / volleyball courts including a "show" court with full peripheral seating for tournament finals and special events, a multi-use turf field with seating, sports bar / food concession areas and seating, laser tag and a full arcade, multiple party rooms and retail space to sell sports-related equipment and accessories.

"There’ll be lacrosse tournaments here, baseball tournaments, softball tournaments, football, hockey," said Vito Cardinale, president and chief executive of Cardinale Enterprises. "These kids are all going out of the state for these big events now."

The development will also feature a 134-room, five-story Hilton Garden Hotel, which will be located at 567 Monmouth Rd. in Jackson. Construction is slated to begin this September and be completed in March 2020, according to a press release from Hilton.

Cardinale acquired that particular parcel for $1.15 million in April 2016, according to CoStar.

See CoStar COMPS #3558083.

There will also be a second hotel built as part of the development’s first phase, but Cardinale declined to say which chain it is part of.

The Adventure complex is envisioned as a destination that will draw overnight visitors, as well as year-round patrons, to the Jackson area, according to Cardinale, who started work on the project eight years ago. Right now there are meager hotel accommodations in Jackson, few places for people to stay if they want to make more than a day trip to Six Flags, Cardinale explained.

Credit: Linda Moss for CoStar Group

Vito Cardinale, president and chief executive of Cardinale Enterprises, at Wednesday's groundbreaking for his entertainment and sports complex adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.

At the ceremony, Joseph Vicari, an Ocean County freeholder, said that the adventure complex will boost tourism. During the winter, the county has 580,000 people, a number that will swell to 1.3 million next weekend with the summer season, according to Vicari.

But as an indoor sports facility, the Adventure complex can bring visitors to Jackson year round, not just limited to the summer months and good weather like Six Flags, Cardinale said.

"You know they say build it and they will come?" Cardinale said. "Well, they’re leaving because we didn’t build it. So we’re building it so they stay."

For the first phase, $21 million will be spent for the sports dome, $20 million for the hotel, and $9 million for infrastructure improvements, according to Cardinale. He said that he hopes to be celebrating the completion of that phase on New Year’s Eve in 2020.

The completed project is expected to cost about $500 million in total, with later expansion to include restaurants, more hospitality offerings and timeshares, a convention center and additional recreational attractions.

Linda Moss, Northern New Jersey Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
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