A Canton businessman with Falmouth ties said last week he is under agreement to purchase the Falmouth Sports Center from longtime owners David R. and Barbara L. McPhelim of Woodrise in Falmouth.
Terence J. O’Malley said he has signed the purchase and sale agreement and is awaiting the closing slated for early July.
“I am beyond excited,” said Mr. O’Malley. “To have the opportunity to own a business like this in this town is a dream come true,” he added. His family owns a summer home in Falmouth and his daughter graduated from Falmouth High School.
The 50,000-square-foot sports center on Highfield Drive houses indoor tennis courts, a health club, physical therapy center and a dance and aerobics studio. It has been serving the Falmouth community since 1974.
Although Mr. O’Malley’s plans for his new business are far from concrete, he wants to mix existing facilities with new multi-use sports fields. He is considering laying down turf over half of the six tennis courts for indoor soccer, baseball, lacrosse and football use.
“There’s a need for this type of sporting facility in this town,” he said. He envisions multiple games and practices in various sports occurring simultaneously by sectioning off the artificial field. He intends on meeting with local coaches for input and has reached out to the Cape Cod Baseball League in hopes they would use the facility.
Over the next few months, Mr. O’Malley is meeting with managers and staff of the sports center to “assess what’s best for the future of the club.”
He said, “I am going to make every effort to work with the sports center’s current staff going forward. And at the end of the day, it’s about balancing what’s best for the community with the need to generate revenue.”
He hopes to keep the health club, remaining tennis courts, physical therapy center and studio intact, but “it will depend on the numbers.”
The tennis center has 250 members and close to 100 junior members. Falmouth Community School and the Gus Canty Community Center also use the club for their Tennis For Life program.
“It’ll be a challenge to maintain the tennis program with fewer courts, but it can be done with a more diligent schedule and some concessions by everyone,” said tennis director Kevin O. Pease.
“It’s been great working for the McPhelims and I am glad they looked at the big picture when selling to someone who will continue the tradition of a sports center. It’s a win/win for everyone,” Mr. Pease said.
Mr. O’Malley owns TJO Sports in Canton, a 30,000-square-foot baseball mecca that includes an indoor baseball field, 18 batting cages, and automated pitching machines.
A former baseball player and coach at Northeastern University, Mr. O’Malley is focused on the development side of the sport. His Canton location offers baseball coaching, adult and youth leagues, and clinics.
“Life sometimes presents you with good opportunities, and this is one of them. I look forward to serving the community through sports,” he said.