MUNCY - The Generation Sports Complex Dome, which has been operated by the East Lycoming YMCA for the last two years, now will be managed by a Maryland-based company that runs two other similar complexes.
Although the dome is owned by Turkey Run Partners, the same company that built it in 2005, this is the third set of operators the dome has had since it opened four years ago.
According to Dan Klingerman, one of the owners, a new direction was sought by both the Turkey Run Partners and the YMCA in the spring.
The Generations Sports Complex Dome now is under the operation of Clif Everett. Shown at top are Brian Murtha, left, director of baseball-softball operations, and Randy Grieg, dome director.
With the new management comes new opportunities. Brian Murtha, who was a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in the mid 1980s, will lead baseball and softball clinics at the dome.
"This was an opportunity of a lifetime. I love teaching baseball and softball to kids. What better place than the largest piece of grass in the area," Murtha said. "I will be doing baseball and softball training, instruction and some detailed elite training in both a group and individual atmosphere, preferably group. I really want to put athletes in a position to succeed."
Clif Everett, the dome's new operator, said changes are on the way, including an improved snack bar.
"We hope to increase the service. We have already increased the menu at the snack bar. We have had one international event and great feedback with the new menu. We are introducing the easy facility system which helps manage the leagues through a Web site. I think we have increased the service there already," Everett said.
According to Randy Grieg, the new director of the dome, activities include baseball and soccer - with a volleyball tournament coming up in the next few months and hopes to incorporate a lacrosse team.
"We have a need in this area and we are trying to market it more broadly or aggressively than the past management has done. We want to get more adults involved in adult activities and sports. We also do indoor golf with an instructor that is available on weekdays," Grieg said.
According to Klingerman, the new managers are interested in a variety of sports and other uses for the facility.
"The new managers see the potential of the facility and also are very motivated to make the facility useful in a variety of levels such as fairs, trade shows, birthday parties, community meetings and partnerships with several local high school and collegiate partners," Klingerman said.