If you live in an apartment in Mooresville, NC and you are interested in watching a little baseball, look no further than your own backyard. America’s Park LLC announced that it will build and open the largest youth baseball facility in the U.S. in Mooresville by 2012. The park will host 8-13 year old baseball players from around the country and their families as they participate in America’s game.
The new park will allow more teams to play in a family friendly environment patterned from the Cooperstown facility which turns away some 3,000 teams of 12 year-olds a year.
“This will be one of the most significant youth sports development projects in the country,” said Chris Carney, Town of Mooresville Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem. “It will not only have a major impact on our economy, but also on the kids who get to play in the park. We welcome them to Mooresville.”
It is projected that the new park will bring about 80,000 players, coaches and family members to Mooresville each year during the summer months. The park will host week-long tournaments for 12 weeks from June through August.
The baseball park will have 25 lighted ball fields, 60 cabins, a laundry facility, dining hall and concession stands, which will be top of their class and the players will play on some of the best fields in the country. The facilities will be family and fan friendly and will represent the purity of baseball.
America’s Park will draw teams from all over the U.S. to play in the week-long tournaments. The demographics show that there are currently 120,000 11 year-old All Star teams in the U.S. In addition, there are about 126,000 youth baseball leagues in America and each league has an All Star team at each age level. As a result, there are 252,000 11-12 year old All Star Teams each year, according to statistics provided by America’s Park.