Smith Arena, a 200,000-square-foot athletic complex with indoor and outdoor facilities, is proposed to be on the northwest corner of 21 Mile and Fairchild roads. It would include outdoor soccer fields, indoor courts for basketball, a training facility and more.

Smith Arena, a 200,000-square-foot athletic complex with indoor and outdoor facilities, is proposed to be on the northwest corner of 21 Mile and Fairchild roads. It would include outdoor soccer fields, indoor courts for basketball, a training facility and more.

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Athletic complex proposed near 21 and Fairchild

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 28, 2021

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A plan to bring an athletic arena to Macomb Township is in the works.

At the Oct. 19 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting, a planned unit development concept review was discussed for Smith Arena. It would be on the northwest corner of 21 Mile and Fairchild roads.

Macomb Township Planning Consultant Dave Scurto said the arena would include outdoor soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, indoor courts for basketball and a training facility.

It calls for a 200,000-square-foot athletic complex with indoor and outdoor facilities.

Mark Smith, the petitioner, said 17 site reviews were conducted, landing in Macomb Township.

Complex hours would be 7 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. during the week, and the complex may be open until 11 p.m. on weekends. The project is privately funded.

The site is about nine acres and is master planned as residential. Commercial space is available for three or four buildings.

In public comment, township resident Greg Jones said he recently has spent time working with area kids in football.

“I can’t tell you how much this is needed,” he said. “We take kids to Oakland County for leagues and tournaments. I think it would be amazing to bring that here. A lot of the kids I work with want something like this here.”

Jones is a retired NFL player and Super Bowl champion. He played at Michigan State University and was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants in 2011. Jones spent time with three NFL teams.   

The next step is a planned unit development general design review, followed by final site plan review.