Thousands of baseball players and their families will flock to Branson, MO in 2020 to play baseball at the Ballparks of America sports complex. The landmark attraction, which opened in 2016, has recently been acquired by a group of four Springfield, MO businessmen. The group, comprised of Greg Snider, Paul Satterwhite, Dale Helle, and Steve Strobel, has elected to outsource the management of the facility including booking, marketing, and daily operations to the Sports Facilities Management (SFM), a nationally recognized provider of management services for youth sports, community recreation, events, and entertainment.
Satterwhite, one of the new partners and Springfield attorney says the team has plans for building upon the outstanding brand and reputation of the facility and enhancing the physical property. “We’re excited to usher in the next generation of players to Ballparks with enhanced guest experiences, upgraded facilities, and high quality tournaments,” said Satterwhite. “We believe SFM is the right partner to help us achieve our dual goals of a great baseball and family vacation experience while making a significant impact on the community.”
The Ballparks of America complex is best known for featuring two-thirds replicas of 5 classic ballparks including Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, and Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Since opening, the facility has produced substantial economic impact to Branson through their week-long summer baseball tournaments and a variety of hosted events including the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Major 70 World Series.
“Ballparks of America is a well known destination in the industry providing a unique service highlighted by the dorm experience for teams and coaches,” says SFM CEO and Founder, Jason Clement. “By layering in SFM’s systems and our dedicated team, we are positioned to make 2020 their best year yet. Our values align perfectly with the Owners, and we are thrilled to partner in bringing their vision to life by maximizing the performance and guest experience of the facility.”
As an SFM-managed property, Ballparks of America joins the SFM Network, the industry’s largest and fastest growing network of sports tourism properties in the U.S. The SFM Network hosts more than 25 million guests visits each year across associated venues and is forecast to produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the next five years.
“We wanted to surround ourselves with the best team possible,” says Ballparks of America co-owner Greg Snider. “We are not only passionate about putting on the nation’s best baseball tournaments, but the power of sport to positively impact kids’ lives. SFM shares those values and is going to help us take the facility and operation to the next level.”
For more information about the weeklong Ballpark of America experience, to review availability, or register for a tournament; visit https://www.ballparksofamerica.com.
Located in Branson, Missouri, Ballparks of America is an international baseball tournament destination. Our signature features are our on campus stay and play suites and our two-thirds scale replicas of 5 classic American ballparks, complete with the dimensions and elements that make each of these iconic stadiums unique. The latest technology in synthetic turf provides the most consistent playing surface throughout the summer season, complete with covered dugouts, bullpen areas, Musco lighting and stadium-style seating at various fields for an MLB experience. Learn more or register for your next tournament: www.ballparksofamerica.com