SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2017

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November 2017 20 Special Feature: NEW & RENOVATED SPORTS VENUES The area also built a new all-access rubberized turf Miracle Field in May that features a custom-designed baseball field for children and adults with special needs to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices. The Miracle Field uses a buddy system that pairs able-bodied peers with Miracle League athletes. The complex also includes an inclusive play- ground that benefits children with acces- sible ramps and turf, sensory stations and an easy-to-ride zip line. Covered bleachers, picnic tables and concessions are also available. In the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex and Adams Tennis Complex completed this year, additional lighting was added to four soccer fields and eight tennis courts. For more information, visit ► DuBois, Penn. In Clearfield County and the City of DuBois, Penn., City Manager John "Herm" Suplizio said a new Challenger Field and other fields are being constructed as part of a concept that originated two years earlier. With construction almost half way com- plete, Suplizio says all fields are planned to open next April. The Challenger field will be an all-pur- pose field but designed to be wheel- chair-accessible and accessible for those with special needs. An artificial-turf surface with painted lines will also accommodate girls' softball by adding bases as needed. The field features covered seating and standing-room spaces for viewing. Turf is currently being installed on the field and should be complete by press time, accord- ing to Morgan Dubensky, business devel- opment manager for the City of DuBois. Two additional fields will be used for adult softball, baseball or Little League play. The two fields are Astroturf, with dugouts and seating for 1,100 on one field and 500 on the other, with concession stands near both fields. Showers Field is used for baseball and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced that the 2018 and 2019 baseball and softball college national championships will be held in DuBois. "We were excited to be selected as the new home to both World Series champion- ships starting in May," Suplizio said. "Both the Challenger field and Showers field are state-of-the-art parks." Showers field has seating for 1,200 with grandstand, bleachers, standing room and a luxury VIP suite box. The field also features a scoreboard and digital message board that can be used for music, video and promotions to provide the feeling of a Minor-League ballpark. The projects are owned and managed by DuBois City Parks and rebuilt or construct- ed for an estimated $3.5 million, according to Suplizio. All fields are expected to be ready by spring 2018. For more information, visit or www.visit ► Foley, Ala. The Foley Event Center in Foley, Ala., opened recently with more than 500 gymnasts competing in the Bounders Beach Bash, followed by an official grand opening to introduce the public to the new facility. David Thompson, interim director of the Foley Sports Tourism Complex, said the City of Foley and the community are "excited to introduce the facility that was built to generate tourism dollars and improve the quality of life in the city." The state-of-the-art facility can be configured for 12 competition volleyball courts or ► Foley Event Center in Foley, Ala. An artist rendering of Showers Field in DuBois, Penn.

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