The Horizon Indoor 2015 was a record breaker in many ways. There were 302 registered pilots, 20 vendors and over 1500 spectators during the course of the three day event. Big thanks to all who have participated in the past. The 2016 event is in a bit of jeopardy at this time. The city of Whitehall has been offered a significant amount of money for the land that the dome sits on and is trying to cancel the lease of the dome owners. The owners are suing the city to stay open (which they currently are), and a final trial date is slated for next march. In the meantime, the city is restricting any activity on that property that is not directly golf related. It’s obviously a form of punishment for the dome owners to restrict their profitability as much as possible. So for 2016, the Horizon Indoor cannot take place at the golf dome.
Now for some good news! There is currently under construction on the North West side of Columbus, a new domed athletic complex. This facility is being constructed similar to the golf dome, but is literally three times the size. It will have two indoor soccer fields side by side, a narrow office complex, and an indoor baseball diamond on the other side of the offices. We have been in serious negotiations to move the event to this new facility. As soon as the new dome is inflated we will be conducting demonstrations so the management staff can see what our sport is all about. The facility completion date is slated for early November. We cannot commit to a specific date at this time because of possible construction delays. If their management would approve our event, it could take place during the month of November. Probably on a lesser scale for this year, but it would give the attendees the opportunity to fly at the new facility, and their staff the ability to see what the event is all about. One of the scenarios we discussed was using the soccer field side for airplanes, and the baseball diamond side for quad/FPV flying and racing all day long each day. Could really be fun!!
We will keep everyone posted on the web site and the event face book page as things progress.
Thank you from our team.
Terry Nitsch, Event Director.