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.”

Global PDR Solutions goes local with work at three new Wichita sites

WICHITA — After traveling the world, the owners of Wichita-based Global PDR Solutions are now going to concentrate on paintless dent repair and other work here.

“Basically what we’ve always done is just traveled and chased hail storms,” says Brian Patton, who is partners in the business with Hamendra Bhakta and Scott Dietz. “We just never concentrated or focused our energies here.”

That’s changing in part, Patton says, because “we’re starting to get a little older.”

The company is opening three new Wichita sites.

That includes a 1,600-square-foot corporate office at 764 N. Tyler, which is near Central and Tyler, that will have room to pull a car into for quick work.

“We can fix it right on the spot,” Patton says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space, which Global PDR Solutions will move into this weekend.

A second site opened four weeks ago at 5600 W. Central, which is on the northeast corner of Central and I-235.

And four years after buying a 3,000-square-foot building downtown at 160 N. Kansas, the company has now opened there as well. Hail storms had kept the owners too busy to do it before now.

Patton says next the partners want east-side space.

“We’ve got our eye on a nice big building out there.”

Patton says their plans include more than hail repairs for the new shops.

“Our ultimate goal is to open them up as body shops in the near future.”