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Construction to begin on Clyde sports complex, hosting 10+ fields with $14 mil price tag !

ABILENE, Texas – Many may think of the City of Clyde to be small and quiet. But what could make a small town like Clyde leave a legacy that’s bigger than the city itself? Perhaps something like the brand new Hanner Sports Complex.

Mayor Roger Brown of Clyde said the sports complex is going to make a major impact on the city’s economy.

“We’re small-town, big opportunity,” the mayor said. “This is an opportunity to put all these people crossing over the interstate that now can stop over in Clyde.”

“It benefits not just our children, but our entire community,” Mayor Brown assured.

This complex will set up the athletes at Clyde ISD for success, at least according to Jennifer Wilson, who has a daughter on the softball team.

“This is huge,” Wilson exclaimed. “My daughter Macy is just super excited to play.”

This complex will catch the attention of many people, with the mayor saying it will possibly bring in thousands of people from across Texas into Clyde. He said his hope is that the complex will open up the opportunity for Clyde to have more hotels and gas stations, wanting his visitors to stay in Clyde instead of traveling to Abilene.

“A sports complex like this, that we know brings in this kind of revenue,” Mayor Brown explained, “it’s just beneficial all the way around.”

Ryan Patrick, who handles the sponsorships for the complex, worked with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to find out that this will be seen by 14.6 million people who drive by it on I-20 every year.

We’re looking at a $14 million sports complex off 24 acres of land,” said Patrick.

It will include courts to host games and tournaments of pickle ball, tennis, sand volleyball, a splash pad, six baseball-softball fields and one football-soccer field, according to Sydney Stalbaum, Director of Sales for Hellas Construction. Stalbaum told KTAB/KRBC it will be the largest sports complex in this region – from New Mexico to the metroplex.

“Generations to come – they’ll know this as the Hanner Sports Complex,” said Patrick.

This complex is predicted to be completed in 12 to 18 months, and Patrick explained that there are still numerous naming opportunities on the fields and splash pads for attaching business names to this regional destination.

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Big Grand Opening of Jim Neilson Sports Complex Planned For September 6 at Big River First Nation !

Jun 21, 2022

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Construction on Spooky Nook sports complex faces additional delays, developer says !

Cincinnati, OH – Completion of the massive Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill project in Hamilton is facing further construction delays, the developer said in a Facebook post Monday.

The project is now slated to be finished in September, according to the developer.

“We are still aggressively pressing to improve this timeline, although we have limited control of the construction process,” the post reads.

Spooky Nook’s post didn’t specify why the project’s completion date needed to be pushed back. The Enquirer sent messages seeking comment to the company Monday evening but it has yet to respond.

Previously, officials have cited delays stemming from supply chain problems and other pandemic-related issues. Construction of the athletic complex also faced setbacks last year due to a weather-related steel collapse at building 500, a large indoor turf field.

Sports complex would provide economic boost for East Gainesville. !


Gainesville, FL. – I am writing this column as a longtime resident of the city of Gainesville. I recently learned of the plan being put forth by newly elected Gainesville City Commissioner Cynthia Moore Chestnut regarding enhancing the Citizens Park complex to make it a recreational multi-use facility that will serve as a much-needed resource in East Gainesville. 

This plan, if implemented, would bring an economic boost to this section of our community through enhanced sporting events and by providing recreation and activities for all our residents year around. 

I also was made aware that sports tourism is the No. 1 reason people come to Gainesville. On average, people spend $360 per event participating in these activities. This proposal is a dream that is long overdue for the community. 

As I examine current facilities within the Citizens Park, I must start by looking at Citizens Field. The city of Gainesville and Alachua County public school system signed a 40-year lease in 1984 for a facility constructed in 1948. This complex has proudly served Alachua County and visitors from around the state for nearly 60 years.

Buchholz High School's David Schmidt (7) makes a catch during the spring football game between the Bobcats and Vanguard High School, held at Citizens Field in Gainesville on May 19.

It is long overdue for a makeover to modernize the site to include enhanced amenities such as ticket booths, concession stand, enhanced locker rooms, enhanced seating and expansions to include a possibility of placing an outdoor track at the stadium. This facility enhancement should be a partnership between the city of Gainesville and the school district.   

The plan also spoke of enhancing or expanding the existing Martin Luther King Center, including a senior wing, new community rooms and an improved fitness center that will offer classes to improve the health of our residents of East Gainesville and the community. This proposal included an auditorium, four outdoor basketball courts, volleyball and soccer spaces, and food truck areas. This proposal will allow our local community and others to engage in sporting tournaments and competitions year-round.  

Commissioner Chestnut specifically mentioned jobs would be created that would bring an economic boost to East Gainesville. It was also pleasing to hear that this proposal is not competing with the Celebration Pointe sports facility; both programs will complement each other.

A game of chess is played during a festival outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center in Gainesville, in 2013

As a community member of Gainesville, I have reviewed many plans for East Gainesville designed to improve this part of our city. We have invested our tax dollars in developing strategies but many have gone nowhere. 

Some of the recent violence in Gainesville can be attributed to a lack of positive activities to engage our youth and young adults. This plan could be one of the solutions to addressing the voids of a lack of activities for this population. 

  I encourage our local community to support and participate in the planning and development of this project. I don’t know the costs of this proposal; however, it can be an economic boost for the community with additional jobs and sporting competitions, and health and wellness for our community. This proposal could assist in reducing violence through structured activities; overall, this concept seems worthy of consideration and implementation.

General Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Let’s work to make this concept a reality.

Rosa B. Williams lives in Gainesville. / Rosa B. Williams / Guest columnist

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We Can Save More Money In 2022 !

* ( 26 Different Amateur Sports ) *

( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada

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New owners of Big League Dreams Sports Park introduced. !

The Hitter, The Pitcher, and You !

The Hitter, The Pitcher, and You

 

“A groundskeeper’s goal is to allow hitters and pitchers to focus on their job at hand and not worry about the surface beneath them…”

 

Most of us are groundskeepers and turfgrass managers at varying levels of baseball. All of us — myself included – spend a great deal of time working on how to grow grass and manage infield dirt to achieve the highest level of playability possible on our fields. However, the reality is that in baseball the most important aspect of the game is the interaction, the confrontation, of the hitter and the pitcher. That pitch-by-pitch matchup is what drives the game. Everything else follows in its path.

Not long ago, I was fortunate to be part of a conference call that included Dr. Trey Rogers from Michigan State University. He stated that one of the first things he tells his students is there is not one perfect turfgrass. I agree, Dr. Rogers is 100% correct in his assessment. So let me offer this to you: when it comes to mound and home plate clay, there is not one perfect type of clay. Beacon Athletics makes a great effort to offer the finest bagged clay options on the market. Over the past two decades I have sampled clay from pretty much every major distributor in the country. We are fortunate that there are many quality options available regionally and nationally when it comes to mound and plate clay. The variables that impact these products are climate and weather.

“Climate” refers to the general meteorological trends in your area. “Weather” is about what is happening where you are right now. Some products perform better in moist conditions while others are more suited for a drier climate. Regardless of the product, I feel it is important to stock the clay that is ready to use in a few different ways. Going into a home stand, have a supply that is moist and ready to go, some with a moderate amount of moisture, and some that is very fine and screened but slightly on the dry side. This will allow you to have options from day to day when evaluating weather conditions as you work those areas. On a dry and sunny day, you can use the wetter clay to pack the mound and plate, then let the sun bake it a bit, letting it set prior to putting the tarp back on. If you have a cloudy and humid day, the drier clay will perform fine as you pack it into a moist base.

When a hitter steps into the batter’s box and a pitcher sets himself on the pitching rubber, our goal as groundskeepers is to allow them to focus on their job at hand and not worry about the surface beneath them. When it comes to these areas, think moist and very firm. Provide a surface that allows the player to get his feet settled in and get to work. The pitcher needs to focus on the catcher’s glove, and the hitter needs to find the release point of the pitcher and focus on the baseball. We do not want them worrying about the clay beneath them at that point. But what about the overall context of the environment for both the hitter and the pitcher? What is that like and what can we do to improve it as groundskeepers?

Any pitcher likes to feel as if he is right on top of the hitter. The stature of the mound itself plays a role, as does the proximity of the backstop wall to home plate. As a pitcher, you like to step on a mound with a properly sized and level table to work from. You also want to feel as if the slope is to specifications or steeper. A flat slope is a very discouraging thing to encounter in the first inning of a ballgame. The height of the mound in relation to home plate can vary greatly from one field to the next. This is due to the grade of the turfgrass between the mound and the plate in many cases. At the major league level, many fields have infield grass areas that are perfectly flat, which produces a 10” high mound that is a consistent 10” above the turfgrass and above home plate. This is an excellent way to have a quality infield if you have a sand-based root zone with properly designed drainage. One grading concept to consider for your turf is to have the 10-12 ft wide area of turfgrass from the mound to the plate level, while grading the rest of the infield turf with a slight slope for rain runoff. The physical makeup of the root zone would need to have acceptable drainage characteristics for this to work, as that area is prone to traffic and compaction.

With regard to the backstop, the worst visual feeling for a pitcher is to see a clear, chain link fence behind his catcher. You feel as if home plate is 75 feet away in that case. Wherever your backstop fence may be, a pitcher likes a solid, dark wall pad in the background … the closer to the catcher the better.

The biggest home plate mistake many in the turf industry see on fields in the community is when the entire circle is graded like a dinner plate. Your goal should be for the batter’s and catcher’s boxes to be level with the turfgrass edge in front of home plate. There are two main reasons for this. First, the catcher should be able to feel he is on level ground receiving pitches and when coming up to throw. A catcher popping up to throw out a base stealer does not want to be throwing uphill, which can cause the ball to sail a bit. Second, as a hitter you want to see level dirt and turf in front of you if at all possible. Hitting from a sunken batter’s box against a pitcher high above you is not fun. As I mentioned earlier, anything we can do to help the player be more relaxed and comfortable, the better they can focus on the ball and perform well.

Finally, a word about the batter’s eye in center field. I was extremely fortunate that at my high school in the San Francisco area, the hitter’s backdrop in center field consisted of mature redwood trees. The dense evergreen growth of those trees provided an optimal batter’s eye for us as hitters. It is always unfortunate to see a field where the hitter’s backdrop is random houses or buildings of neutral colors. For the game to be played at its optimal level, hitters should have a clean, dark, solid backdrop beyond center field to help them track the baseball out of the pitcher’s hand. While a grove of evergreen trees may not always be an option, the staff at Beacon can provide you with options for a batter’s eye backdrop that will greatly improve your facility.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful and you can continue the good work you all do improving your facilities.

The Our Process from Beacon !

We âre with you every step.

Renovating and constructing the perfect field involves many steps where expertise and perfection is required. That’s why we promise to devote full attention and guidance to you through every step of the process. Beacon will be by your side through 1)Planning, 2) Design, 3) Specification, 4) Installation, and 5) Ongoing Support.

1. PLANNING

We often get a call well before any official lines are drawn or any shovels hit the dirt. Our first step is to fully understand our customer’s goals, as well as their budget parameters. We can advise you on the scope of the project, how to ensure contributors will mesh smoothly, or even determine the best orientation for your field. In these initial stages, we’ll explore the range of possibilities, make product recommendations, provide basic layout drawings as well as other support for preliminary budgeting and fundraising.

Whether the project architect requests standard or custom components, we always consider cost, performance, safety, and maintainability when making recommendations. And, we’re attentive to aesthetics. A beautiful, well-designed facility attracts users and spectators that will ultimately justify your commitment and investment.

Having assisted architects from all over the country, we’ve found our sports field expertise to be a critical ingredient in planning for any project’s success.

2. DESIGN

We know ballfields, and we know what works. We can fit solutions to an existing facility for an upgrade project, or design a new facility from scratch. Your long-term satisfaction relies on getting the design right from the start. We can support the early design stages with advice, CAD drawings, material samples, specifications, and engineering support – including accurate wind load calculations.

Our shop drawings provide a detailed roadmap so installers will know just what to do.

Beacon’s ability to perfectly integratethe backstop netting with our new concrete block wall was critical. The smooth coordination of the entire project was exactly what we needed.

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3. SPECIFICATION

In our experience, it is very important to offer many different options for materials. We want you to be able to narrow down the options and design the project to fit your needs best. Pre-engineered hardware components ease installation and are designed to last. Engineered with mother nature in mind, our products withstand excessive winds of up to 90 mph and stand up to harsh, snowy northern climates. We can offer a range of materials that brings you the best combination of price and quality that is unmatched by any other company.

Our In-Line Netting Systems are a huge upgrade for spectators compared with looking through an old chain link fence. In-line netting is available in permanent or lift & tension systems to ensure your net won’t sag, allowing it to hang more evenly. Taking it up a notch, our Tie-Back Netting Systems move the support poles down the line and behind spectators, creating an ideal view without obstructions. The offset poles offer the absolute best spectator experience.

We can also create custom batting cages and dugouts designed exactly to the specifications you need. It is extremely important to us that the materials we provide are the right fit for job, and that’s why we create materials specific to your field or facility and help you all the way through installation. We go the extra mile by adding innovative, customized solutions to make your project a success.

And, communication is vital. We’ll keep everyone on the same page: architects, contractors, facility managers, and groundskeepers. A key part of keeping your project on budget and on time is a clear materials list with detailed installation requirements. We’ll support you through the entire process from materials delivery to prompt responses to any questions that arise. We work closely with engineers to provide project stamping in all 50 states.

BIDDING

When a project enters the bid process, contractors need to determine the project scope, identify materials and fabricated components to be purchased, and evaluate the labor and equipment needs for completing each stage of the project.

We can respond to bid requests quickly. In many cases we are already tracking a project through the planning stage and have created the bid package before contractors even give us a call. Our bid packages include drawings, instructions, samples, and cost estimates – everything a contractor needs to understand and communicate what will be done.

Our support of contractors during the bid process is only the beginning…

Beacon brought their extensive knowledge of protective netting to our project. With their help, all three stages of net expansions were seamlessly executed, just as we had envisioned.

JEFF FEIST – Architect, Ritterbush-Ellig-Hulsing P.C.

4. INSTALLATION

Support during the bid process smoothly transitions to support during the construction phase. We’re always ready to render submittals, signed & sealed engineering calculations (certified in all 50 states), and any other documentation that may be required before final approval is given.

We’re happy to offer Beacon Construction through our nationwide network of vetted fencing contractors. This can make Beacon your single source installation solution.

Once construction has begun, you may encounter unforeseen issues that need to be resolved. We are often asked to respond to change orders and help with problem-solving. Our project manager is available to support your contractor, including additional installation instruction, material sourcing, and order shipment scheduling & tracking.

Our service obligation to you is not met until the project is complete, the contractor is satisfied, and all project documentation is accepted.

5. ON-GOING SUPPORT

Your project may be complete, but the work is not done.In many respects, the work is only getting started. We make sure to follow up with you to support your ongoing efforts to keep your facility up-to-date and performing as designed. Our catalog and online store feature all the products and materials you’ll need to maintain your new ballfield.

We will make certain field managers and groundskeepers are aware of what products and materials were supplied by Beacon so they’ll know where to get answers about how best to take care of their new facility. Beacon’s Groundskeeper University is available as the only online field maintenance training resource.

Most importantly for peace of mind, we stand behind our installations with a full 1-year guarantee.

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Fargo Park District breaks ground on $77.6 million sports complex !

The 260,000-square-foot project is expected to be completed in 2024 and will benefit more than 13,000 local children in its first year of operation.

 

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Supporters and constituents gather for a photograph and ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, May 5, 2022, for the 260,000 square-foot Fargo Sports Complex at 6100 38th St. S. Once completed, the complex is expected to serve 600,000 annual visitors.
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FARGO, ND — What was once a dream for the city of Fargo is now one step closer to reality.

The Fargo Park District on Thursday afternoon held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 260,000-square-foot sports complex to be located at 6100 38th St. S. in Fargo.

City officials, project partners and investors were all on hand Thursday to stick the first shovels into the ground of the 100-acre property.

“Back in 2016, there was a feasibility study that showed that Fargo needed some indoor recreational facilities,” said Vicki Dawson, board president of the Fargo Park District. “This sports complex will help change that need and help us get to what we need for our community, our children, our adults, our seniors — for everyone.

“The mission of Fargo Parks is to improve the lifestyle of the community through a comprehensive system of parks and programs. This project is the next logical step for that.”

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A rendering of the Fargo Sports Complex is shown. The 260,000-square-foot facility officially broke ground Thursday afternoon. It will be the largest project in the history of the Fargo Park District. JLG Architects rendering.

The facility will feature a full-sized indoor soccer turf, four full-sized basketball courts, administrative offices, a multipurpose community space, a 350-meter indoor walking track and will also house the Sanford POWER program.

Construction on the $77.6 million project is expected to be completed in 2024. Officials estimate that the complex will benefit more than 13,000 local children in its first year of operation and attract more than 600,000 visitors annually.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney quoted 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps in congratulating the Fargo Park District and project partners on making the complex become a reality.

“I always remember when this dream was started by the park board and which we kind of looked at it,” Mahoney said. “The city commission kind of looks at the park board and asks what are they up to. Then we ask the school board what are they up to and we try to coordinate that a little bit. But I think Michael Phelps talked to them because he said, ‘You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.’ Boy did (the Fargo Park District) get far with this one. I have to congratulate them on dreaming big and coming up with something that will be a game changer in our community.”

Mahoney compared the complex to the Fargodome, noting that the impact it will have on the area could be monumental.

“As you recall, when the Fargodome came along, we weren’t sure what that would do,” Mahoney said. “But we got nine national champions out of that little place, so imagine what this will do with the youth in our community and the ability to be out and about.

“We had one of the worst winters we could’ve ever had this past winter. I kind of wondered, what would it be like if we had this place up and open for us? Whether you know it or not, we get all sorts of national polls that come out here and Fargo is the No. 1 healthiest place in the nation. That’s unbelievable. How can we go any higher than that? But then to have this facility, now we can work out all winter long and keep in shape.”

St. Paul-based McGough Construction Co. will head construction work on the complex, winning the bid with 34 subcontractors back in January. The project is being funded through both private and public fundraising efforts.

Officials also said that aside from recreational opportunities, the facility also has the potential to host multiple other types of events and programs.

“This was a dream that came about and I remember when it first started, I was saying, ‘I wonder if they bit off more than they can chew,'” Mahoney said. “‘I wonder if they’re going to find the partners in the community.’ But once again, our community did things we never expected and came through for us in a big way, and this is going to be fantastic for our community. Fargo has become a destination city where people come, grow, have some fun and so much enjoy our park system.”

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We Can Save More Money In 2022 !

* ( 26 Different Amateur Sports ) *

( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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Field of Dreams: Camden Athletic Complex officially opened. !

Community development project five years in the making comes to fruition

May 2, 2022

By Tom McLaughlin

A field of dreams five years in the making came to fruition today as the Camden Athletic Complex, located at Delaware Avenue and Penn Street on the Camden waterfront, was officially opened.

City of Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen cuts the ceremonial ribbon with the help of Camden youth players, officially opening the Camden Athletic Complex.

Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis, City of Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen and New Jersey Assemblyman Bill Spearman (D-5) were among those who marked the historic day under “pitcher-perfect” skies with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 200 people from the Rutgers–Camden and Camden communities gathered for the event.

“Rutgers is proud to be a partner in helping to launch this county-owned and -operated facility,” said Chancellor Tillis. “These playing fields will provide a home base for our NCAA and club sports. This complex also will provide the families of Camden and Camden County with opportunities to exercise, play, and build healthy communities.”

Chancellor Tillis throws out the first pitch on April 2 on the very diamond where the Scarlet Raptors baseball squad will now play all their home games.

In 2017, the Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the investment of $7.5 million in the redevelopment of the complex, located on the site of the former Campbell’s Field in Camden. The multi-purpose athletic facility include fields for baseball, lacrosse, and track and field to be utilized by Rutgers University–Camden’s NCAA Division III and club teams as well as by the larger Camden community. Camden County owns the property and will manage operations of the complex.

“I am excited to know that community teams will play on the same fields and run on the same track as our Scarlet Raptors,” said Chancellor Tillis. “Everybody wins.”

Jeff Dean, director of athletics and recreation services at Rutgers–Camden, noted what a tremendous asset the sports complex will be to the future of the university’s teams. “Track and field has never had a home at Rutgers–Camden during my time here and baseball has played on the road the last several years,” he said. “It is a fantastic development for these teams as well as our other sports to have the opportunity to practice and play on campus.”