SPIRE History

SPIRE Institute was founded on the belief that sports and education enrich lives. Through healthy competition, individuals build character and the drive to help them reach their full potential.

Part of the non-profit Geneva Area Recreation, Education and Athletic Trust (GaREAT), SPIRE Institute first opened its doors in 2009 as the GaREAT Sports Complex. At that time, SPIRE consisted of one 215,000 sq. ft. building housing a synthetic turf field used as a full-size soccer, lacrosse, football, baseball, softball, field hockey or rugby field and a one-of-a-kind multipurpose court surface for volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis, gymnastics and mat sports.

In January 2010, the 240,000 sq. ft. clear-span indoor track & field complex opened. With 85-foot high ceilings, a 300-meter eight-lane track and separate throwing, long and high jump and pole vault areas, this state-of-the-art track & field complex was deemed by Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Johnson as the best track and field complex in the world. Overlooking the track, a 25,000 sq. ft. glass-encased banquet, hospitality and meeting space provides the optimal location and gourmet dining options for corporate and family events.

In fall 2010, a 7,000-seat synthetic turf football and soccer stadium with a 400-meter track opened. 

In October 2011, SPIRE opened its 295,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Aquatics Center and SPIRE Fuel. 

In December 2011,  Michael Johnson Performance and SPIRE Fit, a health and fitness club opened.  

Next to come - a sports medicine center and future medical, research and classroom facilities.