Batting a 1,000
Glendale sports park enhanced with help from National Bank of Arizona
By Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell
Located in Glendale on 43rd Avenue near Pinnacle Peak Road, Victory Lane Sports Park is one of Arizona’s finest privately owned recreational sports facilities.
After Mike and Kim Krueger purchased the park in 2006 with the help of National Bank of Arizona, the new owners made hundreds of additions and modifications to make the facility safer and more comfortable. Today, Victory Lane includes six lighted ball fields, eight white sand volleyball courts, adult league softball and volleyball, youth league baseball, batting cages, children’s playground and the Victory Lane Sports Bar.
How has National Bank of Arizona helped your company?
“Because the park is located on county land and in a flood zone, most banks weren’t willing to work with us to finance purchase of the park,” Mike Krueger said. “Without NB|AZ, the dream of owning this sports park would not have come true. They believed in our plans to improve the park and its offerings and it all came together.”
“NB|AZ took the time to do a very thorough analysis of this business,” Kim Krueger said. “They worked with us to customize the design of the loan to make our payments more manageable.”
What do you value most about your partnership with National Bank of Arizona?
“They really look out for us,” Kim said. “They bring to us opportunities from other companies they partner with. When we were trying to do some improvement projects at the park, the bank brought us energy-efficiency information from Arizona Public Service. As a result, we were able to redo the sports lighting at our park at a considerable savings.”
What sets National Bank of Arizona apart from other banks?
“The personalized service,” Kim said. “I can email the branch manager and ask her a question and she will help me right away. And everyone at our branch knows the key members of our staff.”
“They’re focused specifically on Arizona businesses and customers,” Mike said.
What do you most appreciate about National Bank of Arizona?
“They want your business to make it, and that’s why they get to know you and your business so well,” Mike said.
“Our banker, Jeff Byers, is more than our banker,” Kim said. “He’s our friend.”