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A FULL DAY OF step-away-from-your-screen indoor fun can
be found at The St. James, a 450,000-square-foot palace of
sports that opened in September in Spring;eld, Virginia. You
can play stick and puck ice hockey, have a Nerf battle, try your
hand at a game of squash, and kick a soccer ball around on a
The two-story building is home to two ice rinks, four basketball courts, a gym with cardio equipment and weights, batting
cages, two studio rooms offering yoga, barre and dance, a
rock-climbing wall, a full-service spa, a water park and more.
Patrons run the gamut from gym-goers and families to
Olympic and professional athletes (speedskater Maame Biney
frequently trains there).
Family-friendly “Super, Awesome & Amazing” occupies
30,000 square feet of The St. James and includes a trampo-
line jump, a Nerf battle zone, climbing structures, an American
Ninja Warrior-style course, and virtual reality bays where you
can box, play soccer and more.
The on-site restaurant, Vim & Victor, serves fare such as
seared salmon and cauli;ower nachos.
The St. James is open daily for 24 hours (with limited hours
for certain activities). One to two hours at “Super, Awesome &
Amazing” is $15-$38. Nonmember admission for the gym and
fitness classes is $40; $100 for access to the sports and entertainment facilities (except for the gym and fitness classes); and
$125 for a full complex day pass. A la carte admission to some
features is available. 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield, Virginia;