On Deck Sports Facility Feature: The Baseball Bank
Converting an Empty Warehouse into an Indoor Baseball Facility
On Deck Sports has helped open thousands of indoor sports facilities across the country. We recently worked with The Baseball Bank in DuBois, PA to bring an indoor baseball facility to the area.
The Baseball Bank opened in November of 2015 after working with Justin Gordon at On Deck Sports. Gordon – a former professional pitcher – has worked as an indoor facility design expert at On Deck Sports for seven years. His expertise has helped open hundreds of indoor sports facilities with great success. He is also an experienced coach who has been training his teams and giving pitching lessons in multiple indoor facilities for 12 years as part of the East Coast Eagles.
“This [facility] was the only place in the area,” Gordon said after talking with the owners. “So, they wanted to make sure it was a unique, special kind of place.”
After working closely with the Bankovich family, who owns the facility, we were able to help them create that unique baseball environment that the DuBois area craved.
The 9,000 square foot facility started as nothing more than a vision in the mind of the Bankovich family and an empty warehouse. “The project came together in less than 6 weeks,” owner Nicole Bankovich said when asked about the process of opening the new facility. “From the idea, finding a warehouse space, which was is desperate need of cleaning and renovation, working with Justin on the floor plan and equipment order, finding a cleaning company and painter, and finally the installation by the amazing team of Jack and Rick.”
We were able to help design and install the facility on such a quick timeline thanks to our dedicated facility team. We utilize custom plans for each facility that brings a simple drawing to life with detailed renderings – showing the facility owners exactly what they are getting. We also have a project management team that works closely with our team of installers to ensure a quick, efficient installation process.
Gordon worked with the Bankovich family to optimize the warehouse area. We installed PM34 turf, a custom shell net batting cage and training equipment to create the ideal baseball training facility. The decision to go with PM34 came due to its durability, feel and price point. It costs just $2.35 per square foot and is soft enough to use as a full field. Players can slide on the turf, coaches can kneel on the turf and the ball takes a natural bounce off of it compared to some other turf options.
PM34 is also very easy to clean and can be glued down 100% to prevent any slipping. It pairs perfectly with the Batting Mat Pro in hitting lanes to extend the life of the turf. It also allows for portable pitching mounds to be used without sliding.
The facility got its name from a family nick name (the Bankovich boys go by “Bank”) and operates under the slogan of “Invest In Your Game”. Sticking with the bank theme, they have a “Who Cashed In?” wall that allows players who have trained at the facility to come in and record home runs they hit in their games on the wall.
They have players from professional teams, local colleges and high schools who have all “cashed in” with homers after training at The Baseball Bank.
They have six batting and pitching lanes, stocked with equipment from On Deck Sports. We also supplied them with the Batting Mat Pro for batting practice, ProMounds ProModel portable pitching mounds for pitching practice and Premium Series L-Screens for protection during practice. We also helped set up a gym area with rubber flooring to help maximize the effectiveness of the space.
The ability to supply the turf, netting, equipment and installation from one source helps make the entire process of completing a facility much easier and more streamlined.
In the new space, we saw an opportunity for the sixth cage, and Bankovich trusted our design to bring an extra training area into The Baseball Bank. We saw an area away from the full shell cage that was left empty during training sessions. “Instead of leaving that as an empty space, we decided to add a smaller cage to create a soft-toss area, or a tee work area,” Gordon said.
“These people are paying by the square foot. When you pay by the square foot, you’re not only paying for the turf and the netting – but you’re paying for the space you are using. We want to maximize the space and use every bit we can.” This addition allows for The Baseball Bank to have side training sessions while their batting cages are opened up for full field training – a feature that most facilities cannot boast.
The Baseball Bank has opened to very good success, and the Bankovich family is happy to have brought an indoor baseball facility to the area.
“We are very proud of the facility we created with the help of On Deck Sports,” Bankovich said. “And it is a very popular place for the players in our area. We have many comments we could offer – most importantly that we could not have even dreamed of the end product without the design and installation services of On Deck Sports.”
I have a building that has a 40×50 area that would be able to be used for hitting and throwing was wondering if that’s big enough
Please feel free to reach out to one of our Indoor Facility Design experts and they could answer your questions about your building. You can call (800 365-6171, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page: http://www.ondecksports.com/indoor-facility-design. Either of those options and one of our experts can answer your question. Thanks for reading and for the interest!
Hello, I am a high school baseball coach for Cameron County High School, We have the need for a retractable batting cage, set up in our gym, but before I can go to the school board to request funding I will need some numbers , both for the cage and matting ( for the gym floor ) and installation. The cage will have to be approx. 12-15 feet wide x 50 feet long , the ceiling is about 25 ft high. I have some pictures of the ceiling. I would appreciate any input. Thanks
Hi Coach Lyon,
Thank you for your interest. I will forward along your info to one of our batting cage experts and they will reach out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to working with you.
Hi I’m looking to open a batting cage facility in Utah, I’m wanting to build a 5 bay facility.
Was wondering what you guys suggest for building size. Also the cost if I was to use you guys to build it?
Bats and such..
Hey Zack thanks for reaching out. We’d love to help! We actually do not build the actual building, but we can design and outfit the interior of any building. We can definitely help you get the turf, netting and all the equipment that will go inside the facility! I’ll have one of our facility experts reach out via email
Hi my name is Adiano Santana and and I’m interested in building a batting cage from scratch on a piece of land 100×90, how many tunnels and cages can I fit in this size leaving room for an office and a pro shop?? Thanks
Thank you for reaching out. It depends on the lay of the space among a few more factors. I recommend you call us and speak directly with a sales representative at 800-365-6171 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Curious about how big a building I will need to fit six batting tunnels, couple of pitchers tunnels, a maybe an infield practice area. Approximately how much would the investment be?
Hi Joseph, thanks for reaching out! There are many different factors to consider. One of our facility experts will connect with you shortly.
I m interested in 10000 to 12 square foot indoor baseball training facility. Do you service Oregon ? also interested to know what was the cost of the 9000 SQFT baseball building, does these building include restrooms?
Let me know. Thank you
Hey Sammy, we service facilities across the country and Canada, so we can definitely help you out in Oregon. I’ll have one of our facility experts reach out to you.
I’m looking to build an indoor baseball facility. One full size indoor field with 3 batting cages and 3 pitching tunnels. I would like know how many sq feet the building would need to be and how high the ceilings would need to be for real game action.
Hey Brad thanks for reaching out, we’d love to help! One of our facility experts is reaching out to you now
Getting ready to start the process of a facility in Washington, Mo 63090.
Needing info to continue. Looking for a 4 bay and 1-2 pitching lanes with a small tee work area.
Hey Aaron we’d love to help! One of our facility experts is reaching out to you now