Lighthouse fitness complex renovation launched by new owners
The former Oklahoma City Tennis Center facing Lake Hefner, now known as Lighthouse Sports & Fitness Center, is set to undergo an exterior makeover and extensive interior renovations by its new owners, Ice Capital and Skybridge Real Estate.
The tennis courts disappeared more than 20 years ago. The 12-acre complex at 3333 W Hefner, spanning 100,000 square feet and built in 1975, was turned into a fitness center with a pool and volleyball court by later owners.
The new owners bought the property in July for $4.15 million and already completed interior renovations to the 25,000-square-foot athletic facility being renamed as Oklahoma Athletic Center Fitness & Performance.
Blaine Dyer, a partner in Ice Capital along with Andrew Schroeder, said current partnerships and tenants include operators of indoor and outdoor volleyball, basketball, swimming, martial arts, futsal programs, physical therapy, cryotherapy, and IV therapy.
“Collectively we’re inspired by our own memories of youth sports at the Lighthouse and as a company we are excited about the opportunity to give a staple of the OKC community a second chance and a new life,” Dyer said.
Alex Aguilar, president of the Oklahoma Athletic Center, acknowledged the facilities need some work.
“The previous owner was out of town in Denver … and a project like this takes a lot of effort and being in the facility daily,” Aguilar said. “He just wasn’t able to do that. It was rundown and we believe we can introduce the level of care it needs.”
Aguilar said the completed renovation includes all new state-of-the-art fitness and cardio equipment, indoor turf, and a modernized floor plan that offers an experience to fit needs ranging from personal and small group training, group exercise classes, and strength and conditioning for athletes of all ages and levels.
Aguilar said the next phase will start in January and will include a complete remodel of the exterior facade and parking lot. A third expansion phase is planned to start by next summer.
“We are trying to put distance between us and the fitness industry as a whole,” Aguilar said. “We are here to give a second chance to a place that made a lot of people happy who are our age.”