SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2016

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Page 30 of 59 November 2016 31 Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES creative with our space. We can transform our facility into anything our clients need, whether it's a tournament, banquet, gala, expo or other event." TENNESSEE The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge Offers Great Baseball PIGEON FORGE — A new Cal Ripken baseball park opened in Pigeon Forge this past spring and held its inaugural tourna- ment during the second week of March. The $22.5 million facility, only the third youth baseball center inspired by and partially owned by the great Baltimore Oriole "Iron Man" Cal Ripken, features six lighted, synthetic-turf fields, training areas and batting cages. A two-level clubhouse of more than 14,000 square feet offers spectac- ular views of the Great Smoky Mountains while overlooking each of the six fields on the complex. Pigeon Forge signed a 10-year contract with Ripken Baseball to market and manage the complex, which will host world-class youth baseball tournaments nine months of the year and offer year- round activities. TEXAS Beaumont Athletics Complex Opens Tennis Addition BEAUMONT — With a new addition to the Beaumont Athletic Complex, the City of Beaumont's Tennis Center offers a total of 24 tennis courts, with four covered and 20 uncovered featuring lighted two-tone hard courts. The facility includes a 4,500 square foot clubhouse for tennis players with a pro- shop, lounge, locker rooms, restrooms and large covered porch. Fort Worth Has Largest Performance Resource in Region FORT WORTH — Game On Sports Complex held its grand opening Septem- ber 24. Together with affiliated Game On Arena Sports, a 48,000-square-foot indoor sports facility located a mile away, the new operation is the largest athletic performance resource in the North Texas region with a combined 190,000 square feet of sports space. The new sports complex offers 12 indoor regulation competition volleyball courts, convertible to six full-size basketball courts; eight outdoor regulation sand vol- leyball courts; seven pitching/batting cages; and an 11,000-square-foot APEC perfor- mance training space to include a 75-yard track and a 25-by-40-yard artificial-turf field. The facility also has a health-oriented dining facility, a wellness center, a sporting goods store, two event rooms and an out- door performance stage. "Game On is so much more than a sport- ing facility," said Trevor Armstrong, partner and general manager of the complex. "We are the home for athletic potential. It's im- portant to us for people of all ages and skill levels to have the opportunity to be the best athletes they can be. We're helping them do just that by serving as the one-stop shop for everything to do with wellness and sports in the Fort Worth area." ►

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