5 Diamonds proposing 2nd training facility
Focus would be on golfing, baseball

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

May 6, 2016


The NX Level training facility at the 5 Diamonds sports complex. 5 Diamonds owners are planning a new training facility focused on baseball and other sports in the Town of Waukesha.
Charles Auer/ Freeman Staff

TOWN OF WAUKESHA — After successfully building a destination for area baseball teams with 5 Diamonds and an adjoining training facility where National Football League players work out, owner Tom Kelenic said he has plans to construct a second training facility in the Town of Waukesha.

The approximate 41,800square-foot building is proposed off Highway 164 at S52W24082 Glendale Road, near a veterinary clinic and kennel. The Town of Waukesha Plan Commission will take up the proposal at its 6 p.m. Thursday meeting at Town Hall, W250-S3567 Center Road, and will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning change for the property.

Kelenic said the existing training facility is about 48,000-square-feet and focuses more on football training. It is operated by NX Level, formerly located in Pewaukee.

One of NX Level’s most famous patrons is NFL player and Pewaukee native JJ Watt. The company specializes in performance training for male and female athletes from middle school through adulthood.

Like NX Level, the training facility building would be owned by 5 Diamonds but would be leased by another company, Kelenic said.

When searching for a business to operate its training facilities, Kelenic said they are looking for a great company that can train and challenge youth. Although the new training facility would focus more on baseball and golf, patrons will also be able to play soccer and lacrosse.

The new facility would include four baseball fields, 12 batting cages, six offices, a viewing area and bathroom/ mechanical/storage areas.

A total of 84 parking stalls are also proposed. The planned hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday and the number of employees would be approximately four full-time or part-time equivalent workers.

Town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek said he feels it would be a great facility and good use of the land.

Kelenic said they are hoping to break ground on the facility June 1 and have it occupied by the end of the year.

Being able to train next to NFL and Major League Baseball players is a big deal for the younger athletes.

“I think it helps them tremendously from a mental and physical perspective,” Kelenic said.

5 Diamonds currently has eight baseball diamonds and the Waukesha Blazers and Catholic Memorial High School’s teams play home games there. Kelenic said about 480 different teams come from the Midwest and all over the country to play on the different weekends at 5 Diamonds.

In addition to providing a place for young and nonprofessional athletes, Kelenic said 5 Diamonds benefits the community around it because its visitors go to local businesses for food and lodging.