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New owners plan to convert the north-side facility into The Clubhouse.
Photo courtesy The Courts
New owners plan to convert the north-side facility into The Clubhouse.

The Courts property under contract

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The Courts sports venue is under contract to be taken over by new owners.

Connie Faria she and her husband Steve expect to close on the purchase of the property for undisclosed terms by the end of December. She said the seller is Bob McBride, who bought The Courts in 2002, according to the venue’s website.

Faria said The Courts’ book of business is not part of the contract. She plans to convert the 30,000-square-foot facility, 4136 E. Kearney St., into a volleyball-centered venue called The Clubhouse.

“We’re adding some flooring and we’re going to change The Courts into a club volleyball training facility. We’re hoping by the end of January we have it remodeled,” she said. “There’s a definite need for that in southwest Missouri.”

For basketball and pickleball players at The Courts, Faria said The Clubhouse will rent out the property when it’s not in use for volleyball purposes.

Faria said The Clubhouse would train players ages 10 through 18 to compete on the state and national levels. Club Bear Volleyball, a nonprofit program founded in the late 1990s, plans to operate in The Clubhouse through a lease arrangement, Faria said.

“Club volleyball gives kids an opportunity to compete at a very competitive level,” she said.

The Farias also intend to expand The Clubhouse with a smaller size gym after the renovation is complete. She said she hasn’t yet received a bid on the renovation cost.

Faria graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in physical education and previously taught and coached at Pershing Middle School. Her husband Steve operates Branson resorts and last year purchased the Shepherd of the Hills attraction, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

The Courts was founded in 2000 by Jack and Susan Kramer, according to its website.

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