Taylor Sportsplex
Location Taylor, Michigan
Coordinates 42°12′33″N 83°16′00″W / 42.2092, -83.2666
Opened 2002[1]
Owner City of Taylor[1]
Operator City of Taylor
Surface Multi-purpose
Tenants Detroit Waza (PASL) (2009–2013)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (GLCHL) (2011-present)
Detroit Thunder (CIFL) (2013)
Capacity 1,000

The Taylor Sportsplex is a sports facility owned by and located in the City of Taylor, Michigan. The indoor facility contains four arenas that host a variety of sporting events -- especially ice hockey and soccer -- and a variety of special events.

Facilities Edit

The Taylor Sportsplex is a premiere sports facility owned by the City of Taylor, Michigan. It contains four arenas -- two are used primarily for ice hockey and figure skating; the other two are used primarily for indoor soccer. The Belle Tire Hockey Program and Eastern Michigan University are the main hockey tenants. The facility also is used for trade shows, high school graduation ceremonies, mixed martial arts and major sporting events, such as the national roller hockey championships.

Incidents Edit

In March 2012, the ice arena at the facility had to be evacuated due to over 80 people,[2] including around 30 hockey players participating in the state midget major championships, became sick with flu-like symptoms.[3] Investigators concluded the symptoms were caused by a norovirus and closed the facility for three days until it had undergone a professional cleaning.[4]

On December 3, 2015, a shooting took place in the arena parking lot. 57-year-old Timothy Nelson Obeshaw opened fire with a 9mm gun on the car of Sharon Elizabeth Watson, wounding her and killing her 7-year-old daughter, Emma Watson Nowling. "He struck the child first and then opened fire on the mother, and then turned and shot and killed himself," according to Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi. Obeshaw was a family friend who actually lived with Emma, Watson, and Emma's father for the past year or so in nearby Belleville, Michigan. He had recently moved to a home in Taylor, where police say he lived with at least one other person. Witnesses and family members told police Obeshaw had displayed signs of mental instability lately, and that he believed someone was out to get him.[5]

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