by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – The Branson Red Roof Mall is officially no more as the Branson Ballparks of America welcomes players onto its fields for the first time.
The first of its kind, 20-million-dollar youth baseball stay-and-play tournament facility in Branson held its Grand Opening Ceremony Thursday afternoon to celebrate the completion of its Wrigley Field and Tiger Stadium ballparks.
In response to the question “When will the facility be completed?” posed by Event M-C Kirk Elmquist, CEO Hamilton Chang presented the sole answer of “Never:”
Also in attendance, Gold Glove Award Winner and Former Chicago Cub Bobby Dernier shares this ballpark is offering a very unique experience for young ball players:
Players with the Hollister Tigers and the Springfield Mavericks were the first teams to set foot onto Wrigley Field and play an abbreviated showcase scrimmage game, following Thursday’s ceremony.
Tomorrow (Saturday), nearly 200 youth baseball players will arrive at the ballpark for the first weeklong stay-and-play tournament experience. More information on this tournament, future game play and more can be found here.