Wichita Sports Academy set to open

WICHITA — Another new indoor sports facility is opening in Wichita.

Wichita Sports Academy grew out of Brian Patton’s frustration with another place where his son was playing baseball.

Patton, who is in the paintless dent repair business, says his son was on a top-ranked team but wasn’t able to go to a state tournament because of something that happened at the facility.

“They said it was a business decision,” Patton says. “I said, ‘Well, my son’s not a business.’ ”

That was a few years ago. Now Patton has rented a 20,000-square-foot building at 1627 S. Sabin, which is two blocks west of Harry and West streets, to organize baseball and softball teams for boys and girls. He’s calling them ICT Crush and Lady Crush.

The space also will be available for soccer teams to rent.

Patton says since he has another business to pay his bills, “That’s not what my academy is about.”

He’ll begin holding tryouts in November and December for teams to play throughout the year. A website will be coming soon at www.wichitasportsacademy.com.

Patton hopes to eventually be able to build his own building in northwest Wichita.

He’d planned to do that from the start, but it didn’t work out. Nor did Wichita Sports Academy happen as quickly as he would have liked.

“Now,” he says, “it’s finally coming about.”