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Starland opens its new athletic center

HANOVER — Starland, the iconic little amusement park on Route 53, is about to begin a new chapter in its history. The family destination best known for its go-karts, batting cages, and Whac-A-Mole arcade games has been transformed into a state-of-the-art indoor athletic complex and entertainment center.

For motorists driving by, the Starland of old is unrecognizable: The retro-kitschy Starland sign that was a familiar landmark is no longer there, and the ancient arcade building has been torn down. The tired-looking driving range is also gone, and standing in its place is a beige warehouse-like building called the University Sports Complex at Starland, or “The U” for short.

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