Odyssey Climbing + Fitness (“Odyssey”) broke ground this month, bringing the first state-of-the-art commercial climbing gym to Northeast Wisconsin. Odyssey will be located in The Common Place, a mixed-use development at 686 Mike McCarthy Way in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.
The Common Place, developed by Merge Urban Development and designed by Slingshot Architecture, will include 88 residential units, Odyssey and additional commercial space. Odyssey plans to offer climbing, fitness, weight training, cardio machines, yoga, group exercise classes and community gathering spaces.
Odyssey will feature approximately 10,000 square feet of roped climbing walls and bouldering. The roped climbing walls will tower over 45 feet tall, while Odyssey’s bouldering walls offer climbing up to 14 feet. Prior to Odyssey, the nearest climbing gyms offering similar experiences were in Milwaukee and Madison.
“We’re very excited to bring climbing to Northeast Wisconsin,” said Ben Ganther, Co-Founder and CEO of Odyssey. Growing up in Wrightstown and graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2010, Ganther knows the area and community well. “We’ve seen how businesses like Odyssey create exciting, new alternatives to fitness and recreation for a community. We are thrilled to be able to participate in this opportunity and invest in the Green Bay area.”
Odyssey will be a full-service commercial climbing gym, offering a range of services catering to varying interests and skill levels. The company encourages everyone, from beginners to advanced climbers, to visit the gym and explore all of its offerings.
“Odyssey is here to be more than just a climbing gym,” said Sam Howard, Co-Founder and Chief Climbing Officer of Odyssey. “Our goal is to create a community that helps our members connect and grow with those around them.”
The space can also be reserved for special events like birthday parties, corporate outings, movie nights and concerts.
“For the Odyssey team, it’s about community,” said Ganther. “Whether it’s at our gym as a first-time climber or at Devil’s Lake working on your project, we want to meet people where they’re at, and help them take the next step in their journey. That’s what Odyssey is all about.”
With construction underway, Odyssey anticipates opening in the Fall of 2022, with the initial employees being hired in spring and summer of 2022. Odyssey welcomes the community to follow along as it builds its space as well as learn more about founding membership opportunities, merchandise, and community building events. To join Odyssey’s journey, visit its website at www.odysseyclimbing.com or follow the company on Instagram at @odyssey.climbing.
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