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Tips for Leagues Who Maintain Their Own Facilities !

Tips for Leagues Who Maintain

Their Own Facilities !

▶ If You Can Dream It…

Beacon Athletics for Little LeaguesOver the past 16 years I’ve been helping a local little league in southern Wisconsin improve their facilities. We have greatly strengthened the health of the league in the process. Much of what we have done are things that can easily be replicated by any organization. But it all comes down to having a board of directors interested in making the league — and its facility — the best it can be. It requires people with good organizational skills, good operational skills, and at least one person who is a dreamer. Someone to lookout into the future and imagine what is possible for an organization to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to lead. It really starts with leadership. Too often, leagues are run by boards that are pretty transient. Board members come and go frequently as their kids become involved but then grow out of the league. Many times, some of these members are only serving on the board for their own personal reasons, i.e., their own child. But a board must serve the common good for the entire league. What I have found to be most successful is having the majority of the board made up of people who no longer have kids in the program. They provide stability in the organization, and they serve more for the community’s interests than for their own child. They tend to stay involved for longer periods of time making it easier to stay the course with long term planning. It is okay to have a percentage of your board made up of current parents of players but, if possible, I would recommend trying to keep your mix with at least half being non-current parents.

Get the organization itself, organized. A league must be run like a business. And a good business knows where its money is coming from and where it is going to. If your league doesn’t have a budget yet, then it is time to get busy and make one. Without a budget, it is pretty hard to plan for future upgrades to the league and its facility. The more detailed the budget, the easier it is to plan for the future. Our league was not operating under a budget when I joined them. Now we have full control of our costs and can clearly plan our expenses. A couple of budget lines we find useful are emergency funds and facility upgrades. We can put defined revenue into the proper budget category thereby helping it to become reality.

Have a long-range plan. It will set the tone for the organization. A long-range plan creates targets to which the organization can aim for. As you achieve each target, it gives the organization a sense of accomplishment. It proves to the membership that the organization is moving forward. And, as you achieve each target, a project is crossed off the list and you begin to set your sights for the next target. The long-range plan should be a 3- to 5-year living document that is revisited once a year to insure that the priorities are in proper alignment. These targets can be moved as priorities or needs change. This is a crucial steering document for an organization. No more flying from the seat of your pants.

▶ Remember, Everyone Really Does Want a Nice Facility

Healthy revenue streams are a must. When I first enlisted my son into the Little League I would later get involved with, I was shocked at how cheap it was. They were charging a low price for the opportunity for kids to play but in exchange, they allowed the fields and facility to fall into some disrepair. Here’s a news flash: Parents want to send their kids to nice facilities and they are willing to pay what is reasonable. As long as parents see that your organization is putting money back into the facility and it is improving, you will rarely ever get complaints about increasing registration costs as long as they are within reason. Registration revenue now accounts for almost 50% of total revenue for the typical organization. Because of our detailed budgeting, we are able to use scholarships to pay for families who can’t afford the registration fee. No child who is interested in playing in our league is ever turned away. In fact, we provide between 70 to 100 full and partial scholarships a year at our facility.

Concessions sales account for 26% of total revenue. Just like in professional ballparks, concessions are a key revenue stream. A captive audience gets hungry and thirsty. It’s an easy sell, and a good concessions manager can optimize your sales with timely specials, reasonable profit margins and a good variety of quality food during the long season. Concessionaires can keep things fresh with new ideas and opportunities available for increasing revenues.

Fundraising accounts for 22% of our revenue stream. We try several small fundraising events throughout the year and when their revenues are added together at the end, they amount to a sizable revenue stream. Most of this money is budgeted towards standard operational expenses. For larger projects requiring greater funding, a separate plan needs to be drafted spelling out the scope of the project, what it will cost, and how the funds will be raised. Be prepared to have at least 70% of those you approach for donations, say “no.” Don’t take that personally, the project just didn’t fit their interests. When you do get larger donations, celebrate the victory and use that feeling to channel your energy forward until your goal is reached. Use a four-pronged attack to raising the money: approach charitable foundations, local businesses, league alumni, and current membership.

▶ The Results Will Be Rewarding

Back in 2002, 815 Kids were playing in the program. The organization was working with yearly revenue of just under $150,000 back then. After 10 years in 2012, the program more than doubled to 1,708 kids who were able to enjoy our little league program. Gross revenue for the organization in 2012 was $480,000. Over the same period from 2002 to 2012 over $600,000 were invested in important facility upgrades and enhancements.

I remember very well that day back in 2002 when our Little League board scoffed after I presented my first 10-page long-range plan for increasing our revenues and improving the facility. They didn’t believe it could be done. Sometimes, it just takes a dreamer. That famous line from that classic baseball movie is actually true — “If you build it, they will come.”

Beacon Athletics

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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Setting Base Anchors !

Setting Base Anchors !

1. Create concrete anchors.

A. Build three forms. Each form will require (2) 15″ long 2x4s; (2) 18″ long 2x4s; and (1) 18″ x 18″ piece of ½” plywood or OSB board. Nail, screw and/or glue the pieces together as shown in Drawing 1. When finished, the inside of the box should be 15″ x 15″, the same size as your base.

B. Position the anchor on the “X”. Using a chalk line or a pencil and straight edge, draw straight lines from corner to corner on the inside bottom of the form making an “X” (see Drawing 2). Take your anchor (1″ or 1 ½”) and center it on that “X” so that the sides of the anchor are parallel to the sides of the wooden form. Be sure that the flared end of the anchor is at the bottom of the form box.

C. Fill with concrete. Mix an 80 lb bag of Redi-Mix concrete as directed on the package. You’ll need someone to help you by holding the base anchor in position. Fill the form to the top with the concrete mix and allow one day to cure.

[Drawings 1 & 2: Diagrams of a concrete anchor form.]

2. Locate the base anchor positions on your field.

(Assuming home plate is in place and a centerline can be established on the field)

A. Find the center of 2nd Base. With the centerline in place, refer to our Field Dimensions Diagrams to find the correct infield hypotenuse dimension (letter “C” on the diagram) for size field on which you will be installing the base anchors. Measure with a steel measuring tape from the point of home plate following along the centerline to the distance indicated for the Infield Hypotenuse [C]. Place a tarp pin or nail at that exact spot on the centerline. This is the center of 2nd base.

B. Measure to 1st Base. Measure from the 2nd base pin the required base distance [A] where 1st base will be positioned (again, reference our Field Dimensions Diagrams). At the same time, use a second steel tape measure to measure from the point of home plate the required base distance to 1st base. Where the two tape measures come together to form a right angle, set another tarp pin or nail. This is the back foul corner of 1st base.

C. Measure to 3rd Base. Now repeat the process to position 3rd base. Measure from the 2nd base pin the proper base distance to 3rd base. Again, using a second tape, measure from the point of home plate to 3rd base and where the tape measures meet to form a right angle is where you place your tarp pin or nail. This is the back foul corner of 3rd base.

D. Make sure it’s accurate. Measure the hypotenuse from the 1st base pin to the 3rd base pin. This is the same as the home plate to 2nd base hypotenuse. If these are not equal, you need to re-measure all of your base locations. Once the 1st-to- 3rd and home-to-2nd distances match, your base locations are accurately marked.

3. Install 1st & 3rd base anchors.

A. String it up, dig a hole. Run a string line up the foul edge of your foul line from the point of home plate to well past 1st or 3rd base pin. This string line should just touch the foul side of your 1st or 3rd base pin. To be installed correctly, the base should cover up the foul line as it runs under the base. Next, excavate an area about 2′ square in the area where the base should be located (see Drawing 3). Excavate knowing the pins you set indicate the back foul corner of the base. Since most metal anchors are about 8″ long, your 2 x 2 hole for the anchor should be 8 ½” to 8 ¾” deep. The top of the anchor post should always be ½” to ¾” below the surface so it is never caught when nail dragging. Make sure that the bottom of the hole is level and well compacted.

[Drawing 3: Cutaway of base anchor installation depth.]

B. Place the anchor. Remove one of the concrete anchors from its form by turning it upside down and pounding the form with a rubber mallet to loosen. Make sure that there is no concrete inside the steel anchor post. If necessary, clear out the excess concrete for drainage purposes. Place the concrete anchor in the hole. Check your depth by spanning a 2×4 across the hole like a bridge and over the anchor post. There should be a gap of ½” to ¾” from the top of the anchor post to the bottom of your 2×4 bridge. If not, remove the anchor and correct the sub-grade accordingly.

C. Is it level? Once your depth is set, make sure the anchor is level. Use a torpedo level on the sides of the anchor post. If necessary, adjust the grade under the concrete anchor until it is level.

D. Position the anchor accurately. Using the string line as your guide, maneuver the anchor so one edge of the concrete is on the string line, the back foul corner of the concrete is where your pin was placed, and the rest of the concrete is on the “fair side” of your string (see Drawing 4). Again, measure from the point of home plate to the back foul corner of the concrete anchor to ensure correct base placement. You may place a base in the anchor to make for easier measuring. After adjusting your concrete anchor accordingly for correct placement, recheck for levelness and proper depth. Adjust if needed.

E. Bury the anchor. When all three parameters are met (distance, depth, level), the anchor can be buried. Add soil a couple inches at a time compacting thoroughly before adding the next couple inches. Continue until the level of soil in the excavated area matches the grade of the surrounding infield skin. Compact the soil, then moisten and apply topdressing if used.

[Drawing 4: Distance from home plate to 1st base.]
[Drawing 5: Distance from 1st base to 2nd base.]

4. Install 2nd base anchor.

A. Dig a hole, level it out. The 2nd base pin you placed marks the base’s exact center. Therefore, just excavate 1′ out in all directions from the base pin to get your 2′ square area. Then follow the same process of excavation and leveling as you did in Step 3 with the 1st and 3rd base anchors.

B. Find the exact center of 2nd base. Place the concrete anchor in the hole. Stretch your steel measuring tapes from the back foul corners of both 1st and 3rd base toward 2nd base. Where the two tapes meet forming a right angle at the proper base distance (letter “A” in our Field Dimensions Diagrams) is the exact center of 2nd base. Center the anchor post at that point (see Drawing 5), making sure the sides of the concrete anchor are parallel to the foul lines.

C. Bury the anchor. When all three parameters are met (distance, depth and level), the anchor can be buried, just as you buried the 1st and 3rd base anchors.

5. Test each base, troubleshoot if necessary.

With the anchors now in place, test them by installing the bases to see how they sit on the infield skin surface. The base will sit tight to the skin surface with no gaps under the base. If you see gaps from the base sitting up too high, troubleshoot these common installation problems:

  • The steel anchor post is not level (plumb), which means the base will not sit level on the surface.
  • The infield skin is not finish graded nice and level, and it does not match the surrounding grade causing low areas around the base.
  • How old are your bases? With older bases, it is possible the bottom edges may be curled up — especially on the corners.

All of these problems present a risk to the players. If a base isn’t sitting properly and tight to the infield skin, there is a chance players could be injured when sliding into or running over the bases. You should correct these conditions immediately to reduce or eliminate the risk.

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New foods earn roster spots in South Bend Cubs’ lineup !

If Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium rewrote “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the lyrics “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” could be replaced with “buy me some churros and loaded tots.”

Like most minor league teams, the South Bend Cubs curates its own culinary creations. Each new season is a chance to bring something new and unique to fans by adding to their carefully cultivated squad of dietary delights.

“Overall, this is probably one of our smallest concession swaps over menus from season to season,” executive chef Josh Farmer says about the shakeups in this year’s concession lineup. “… Really, we’re trying to find that happy medium of being able to offer something for everyone and not take away something that somebody already loves.”

Like any good coach, Farmer was careful when shaking up his squad with new foods for this season.

“We don’t want it to be so far out of left field that it makes no sense for it to be on our menu,” he says. “We want it to be cool and unique. It’s not worth doing something if they can already get it somewhere else.”

With a decent scouting report, after having been a featured item during a homestand last year, loaded tater tots earned a permanent position on Farmer’s roster this season.

“French fries are great,” the chef says, “but tots are where it’s at for me. … I’ve always preferred a tater tot over a french fry. They’re super versatile, and, for me, it brings back memories of a good childhood.”

The potato-based dish is covered in nacho cheese, chili, bacon and scallions. Fans are then able to add jalapeños or onions and other garnishes depending on their preference.

Burgertopia — located behind Section 105 on the first base side of the concourse — now features an Italian sausage sandwich with grilled peppers and onions.

On the sweet side, one of Farmer’s most promising rookies this season is the churro doughnut.

“It’s a cinnamon-sugar churro that is formed into a doughnut,” he says. “It has the signature ridges of a churro.”

The idea for the dessert item came from Farmer’s own family.

“In recent years, me and my wife and my daughter, we’ve kind of become Disney nuts,” he says. “So every year that we go there, my daughter (makes sure) the first thing we do is get a churro. She craves them every year, so that’s kind of a personal thing for me. It’s kind of cool to bring that here.”

The chef made plenty of churros while working in a Spanish restaurant in Indianapolis. It’s no surprise that the crispy-on-the-outside, still-warm-on-the-inside pastry covered in cinnamon and sugar is a delicious treat during a cool Sunday afternoon doubleheader, rare as those may be in today’s game.

As the days turn warmer, fans can add ice cream to their churro or to an elephant ear at the stadium’s new “Sweet Spot.” A go-to place for desserts, the new concession is behind home plate on the concourse.

“So it’s just novelty specialty desserts, things like that,” Farmer says. “That was something that we kind of had in little pockets around the park, but it didn’t really have a home, necessarily. We wanted to give it a home, do some cool and unique things.”

The new items will join a number of already established favorites unique to the stadium, such as the Philly Cheesesteak nachos. The stadium started serving the fan favorite when the team started its first season as the Cubs.

“Those things pretty much have a following of their own,” Farmer says. “We could probably start a Facebook page for them or an Instagram following for them. … They’re super simple, but it just works. It’s just one of those items that all of those (ingredients) just work together very, very well. It’s a home run for us.”

For more than a decade, minor league baseball teams have made names for themselves with their culinary creations. One of the first, if not the first food items to garner the attention of baseball fans and foodies was the Krispy Kreme Burger introduced in 2006 by the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, Ill.

That bacon cheeseburger uses a Krispy Kreme doughnut as a bun and is touted as “Baseball’s Best Burger.” It was introduced into the Frontier League Hall of Fame last year.

The Cubs — like all minor league teams — will continue to serve classic baseball foods such as hot dogs and popcorn, but those looking for a little adventure on their ballpark menus are going to find it.

“It’s just a unique way to bring people out to the ballpark,” Farmer says, “especially with a minor league team.”

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All Field Marking Chalks Are Not Created Equal !

baseball field chalk

▶ Differences in Marking Chalk

Dry line products used for marking lines on ballfields usually come from one of two types of stone, limestone or marble. Limestone is a sedimentary rock while marble is a metamorphic rock that is formed when heat and pressure are exerted on a limestone deposit, such as during the formation of mountains, and the limestone transforms into marble.

Both of these stone products are high in calcium carbonate, which helps to give these materials a white or off-white color. Dry line marking material that is produced from sedimentary limestone is generally a softer material and flows more slowly through a dry line chalker. Limestone-based chalk is produced in many areas all across the United States which tends to make it more widely available. Conversely, marble is a harder, purer marking material that tends to flow faster in a chalker. Marble chalk is produced in more mountainous areas of the US, primarily in northern Georgia and western Colorado.

▶ How to Prevent Line Chalk from ‘Bridging’

Since both chalking materials are stone products, their particles will be fairly angular when crushed down to fine powder. This angularity usually is not visible to the naked eye, yet has a significant effect on flowability of the fine powder through a dry line marker. Frequently, groundskeepers will blame moisture as the culprit for their chalking material bridging in the hopper of their chalker. However, the main reason chalk bridges is because the angular particles will slowly interlock with each other as the chalk slowly settles out in the hopper.

When you first pour a bag of marking chalk into the hopper, air is infused into the chalk powder, which makes it flow more easily as the air takes up space between the particles. As the chalking unit is pushed along the ground, the vibration shakes the hopper and slowly the air is removed from the chalk. This allows the material to settle and interlock, thereby impeding the flow of the chalk through the hopper. It is always Beacon’s recommendation to fill your chalker’s hopper at the home plate circle and only place the amount of chalk needed to line that particular field. Usually 25 to 35 lbs. of marking chalk is sufficient enough to properly line a ball field.

As mentioned earlier, the different marking chalks move at different speeds through a chalker. Marble flows faster than limestone chalk. To correct for this, it is critical to have a chalker that has an adjustable flow control to enable the operator to meter out the desired thickness of chalk. Many dry line markers only have an on-off lever to control the chalk. These are either open or closed with no additional adjustment for chalk flow control.

The Streamliner Dry Line Marker is one of the very few that allows a range of openings in the drop slot to allow the operator full control of the chalk flow (no matter which type is used) and the quality of the line produced. A chalker like the Streamliner with the variable flow control will likely end up helping an organization cut their marking chalk needs by as much as 1/3 while improving the quality of the chalk lines they apply.

Definitely check out Groundskeeper U for lessons about Creating Foul Lines and about preventing bridging.

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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Third annual Foodstock invades Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday !

(Foodstock 2019 Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX, AZ  —Calling all food truck connoisseurs.

The third annual Foodstock is back at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday with more than 50 food truck vendors expected to attend.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., event-goers can try the wide range of food offered inside the ballpark’s walls.

Some of the food trucks expected to be at the event include The Maine Lobster Lady, Arizona Wings N’ More, Curbside Crepes, SodaRush and Dough Licious Desserts. The vendors will be selling $3 samples.

Those in attendance can also vote on their favorite food trucks.

Children 12 and under get in free, while adults can purchase tickets at the gate for $5. Parking for the event is free.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Peoria Diamond Club, which gives funds to local youth charities dedicated to educating and enriching lives, and local nonprofits working on feeding the hungry in the West Valley.

In addition to the food trucks, there will also be free activities such as bounce houses, a barrel train, face painting and a splash pad for the kids.

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The Case Against Cat Litter !

Field Maintenance Game & Practice Facilities

Sure it’s meant to soak up moisture, but here’s

The Case Against Cat Litter.

We’ve heard many stories over the years about people using cat litter on a wet field when they run out of calcined clay products like ProDry Calcined Clay Conditioner. Just because it looks like calcined clay and absorbs water, doesn’t mean that cat litter is also a calcined clay. The difference is in the heating of the clay Continue reading Paul Zwaska’s article to learn “Why Using Cat Litter as a Drying Agent is a Bad Idea”.
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(Russia, OH) –Superior Aluminum Products’ new Series 9P Privacy Railing privatizes shared balcony units, hides bulky equipment like HVAC, conceals dumpsters and waste receptacles, shields transformers and other utility apparatus, and adds privacy to other locations where an extra level of security or privacy is desired.  Durable aluminum privacy railing will not rot, warp or rust, and remains sturdy and aesthetically pleasing throughout its long, maintenance-free service life.  Each section is pre-assembled with panels in place, to speed and simplify installation.  The specially engineered tongue and groove design allows the privacy panels to lock into the pickets and remain rigid.  Finishes are available in White, Black or Dark Bronze.  Superior Aluminum Products Series 9P Privacy Railing is ideal for apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and other multi-family environments, as well as for hotels, municipalities, restaurants, businesses and other facilities wishing to conceal their dumpsters or waste receptacles, utility transformers, HVAC or other machinery, or wherever additional security or privacy is desired.

Headquartered in Russia, Ohio, Superior Aluminum Products is an industry leader in the manufacture of aluminum railings and fencing, and aluminum and fiberglass columns.  This third-generation family-owned and operated company has been making ornamental aluminum products since 1956.  Their decorative and functional products are custom-built to customer specifications, with CAD drawings created for layout, design and manufacturing.  This allows them to identify and prepare for any slight difference or oddity in any area, and greatly simplifies the installation process.  All products are designed to meet local, state and federal building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Their maintenance-free products are ideal for commercial, municipal and industrial facilities, as well as single-family and multi-family residential locations.  Their Russia, OH headquarters facility includes over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing floorspace, as well as engineering, design, research & development, customer support and administrative offices.  For additional information contact Superior Aluminum Products Co., 555 East Main Street, P.O. Box 430, Russia, OH  45363, or visit www.SuperiorAluminum.com, e-mail info@SuperiorAluminum.com, or call (937) 526-4065.
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Sports complex developer criticized over NY ballfields !

WINDSOR LOCKS — Andrew Borgia, the developer of the proposed All Sports Village complex at Route 20 and Interstate 91, built Little League fields in New York that have been unusable because of flooding, according to a local Little League president and local news reports.

Borgia, the principal of JABS Sports Management, constructed the ballfields in Islip, New York, in 2013 as part of an agreement to develop a sports complex in that town.

But according to a report from CBS New York, local Little League President Joseph Hennie estimated that the fields have been unusable since 2014 due to flooding.

Little League officials and parents have been urging local officials to fix the fields, according to several local reports.

Although the Islip town supervisor — a position similar to a first selectman in Connecticut — has blamed the issues on Borgia’s work, Borgia said the fields, like others he has developed over the past decade, were developed “with strict adherence to local permitting and with the highest of engineering standards.”

CBS New York reported in recent weeks that Little League officials “fear it’s too dangerous to play” on the fields because of their condition. The league vice president expressed concern over how much longer the fields would last, according to the report.

In a statement to New York media, Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter said her administration, which took over after the fields were constructed, inherited the problem from the developer.

In an interview with the Journal Inquirer, Hennie said some fields need to be dug up and redone because they lack proper drainage.

Hennie said the previous town administration “should’ve done better, basically, at watching (the developer) engineer the field.”

Unlike the town supervisor, he said he was unsure whether the blame lies with Borgia.

“It’s a horrible job,” he said of the fields’ engineering. But he added that, because of the lack of adequate supervision by the town, “I don’t know if that’s Andy Borgia’s fault.”

In a statement to the Journal Inquirer, Borgia said the fault lies entirely with the town.

“The Islip softball fields were properly constructed, received full town approval, and received a certificate of occupancy for use in 2013 — the fields functioned well for several years before flooding issues ensued due to lack of maintenance,” he said.

First announced in July, the All Sports Village complex still needs various town approvals before it can move ahead. According to development plans, the complex, which would primarily be used by traveling sports teams to play tournaments, is to include several indoor and outdoor sports fields and amenities such as dormitories for visiting teams, an entertainment center, dining areas, and shops.

An economic impact study commissioned by JABS Sports Management found that the sports complex would bring $15 million in local spending in its first year of operation, a number that the study projected would grow to $27 million in five years.

About a week after the development was announced, First Selectman Christopher Kervick said negotiations were suspended after he became aware of a lawsuit against Borgia by former investors accusing Borgia of defrauding them in a separate project.

The suspension was brief; two days later, Kervick announced that Borgia would have an opportunity to explain the circumstances of the lawsuit. From there, approvals regarding the development continued to move forward.

Borgia has made several guarantees to the town in the event that All Sports Village receives complete approval, including replacing the existing Windsor Locks High School track with one that is “state-of-the-art” and installing six LED-lit tennis courts to replace the school’s existing five courts.

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City of Sierra Vista Sports Complex grand opening !

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz — When the old Apache Middle School in Sierra Vista closed down in 2012, it was also the final out for the adjacent sports fields, which no longer received proper upkeep.

“Our teams traveled to other state tournaments across the state, saw the facilities that were out there, and when we came back to Sierra Vista, thought we could do a lot better,” said Ponytail Softball Director Charles Galarneau.

First came an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Sierra Vista and its school district. This past January, the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona awarded the city a $49,000 grant to improve the facilities.

“I was thrilled,” said Laura Wilson, the Leisure and Library Services Director. “Funding the resources in order to make improvements like this to sports and recreational facilities is very hard to come by.”

Thursday, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the CIty of Sierra Vista Sports Complex.

“Now, we’re going to have better facilities,” said Michael Russell, with the Sierra Vista Youth Football Association. “That will bring more people here which helps our growth, which helps our economy and the town for our kids to grow up in.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” added Galarneau. “A complete 180 degree turnaournd from what we have here.”

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