May 4, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:21 pm

Shelton's Sports Center complex gets $4.5M refi

Shelton's Sports Center of Connecticut got funding through a $4.5 million refinanced mortgage that it will use for day-to-day needs and to expand into other areas of sports and entertainment, authorities say.

First Niagara Financial Group, the Buffalo lender that last year bought out former NewAlliance Bank in New Haven, provided the refinancing, officials said.

Neither the bank nor the complex's owners elaborated in a statement on the expansion plans.

The Sports Center is a year-round family sports and entertainment facility on River Road that includes the double-decker ice-skating arena Rinks at Shelton (formerly Bishop Rinks) where Bridgeport's Sound Tiger minor-league hockey team practices.

The 15-acre facility also houses a Golf Center with a double decker year-round golf driving range, putting green and 18-hole miniature golf course, bowling lanes, baseball/softball batting cages, Lazer Tag and a state of the art Game Zone video arcade.

It draws more than 1.5 million visitors annually from Connecticut and neighboring states.

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