Perhaps you’ve heard of Ballparks of America, coming to Branson soon? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat, especially if you have kids involved in baseball.
Many families all over the country travel cart the kids around all summer to baseball tournaments and give up time spent the water parks, amusement parks and attractions that the whole family loves.
Well, an innovate group of men decided to give families another option. Ballparks of America is made up of baseball dads who have spent years going to baseball games and tournaments all around the country. They realized that many of the baseball fields they visited were not up to par and they decided to change that.
Ballparks of America decided to create a youth sports complex to replace the Factory Merchants Mall (or Red Roof Mall) that closed back in 2012. The sports complex will feature two-thirds scale replicas of famous stadiums like Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium and Fenway Park. Each field will feature state-of-the-art lighting and turf to improve the ground’s consistency. Lavish team lodging will also be available onsite, boasting major league-style locker rooms, private bathrooms, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs.
But the complex isn’t just for the baseball players; it’s designed to accommodate everyone involved, including families and coaches. Developers have included more than 18,000 hotel rooms in the design to provide a variety of lodging options as well as Baseball Village, a shopping center filled with retail shops and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Ballparks America is expected to be completed by summer 2015 and will have a fantastic location, perfect for families visiting the area. The complex will be built near the entrance of White Water and within one mile of several other big attractions like the World’s Largest Toy Museum, The Track Family Fun Parks 4 and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum. Just down the road are several theaters including the Mickey Gilley Theatre, The Dutton Family Theater and the Hughes Brothers Celebrity Theater.
For more details, please visit www.ballparksofamerica.com.