- April 27, 2017- It was a historical moment for USSSA out in Florida’s Space Coast, as the first official groundbreaking ceremony for its new $32 million sports complex has come and gone, fittingly just before their 50th
During the ceremony, Chairman of the Board and CEO of USSSA, Don DeDonatis outlined plans for the 8,000-seat Space Coast Stadium and surrounding sports facilities, which will be renamed the USSSA Space Coast Stadium & Athletic Complex
. Long-term improvements will include 15 all-turf fields sported with the latest Musco lighting technology as well as several media facilities with the latest broadcasting capabilities.
Renovation of a stand-alone, 18,000 square-foot training facility and batting cages, used by the stadium’s previous tenant, MLB’s Washington Nationals, is also under way and expected to be completed later this year.
Officials from the United States Specialty Sports Association
, which will be based at the sports complex beginning in May, and Florida's Space Coast hosted Thursday's groundbreaking activities, which began at 11 a.m. at the stadium facility, located in Viera at 5800 Stadium Parkway.
Also in attendance, were board members from Space Coast Field of Dreams
who showed their support during the ceremony. Last year, USSSA donated a digital scoreboard to this park designed for special needs athletes.
Young ball players in uniform represented the youth of our nation showing that sports teaches leadership and fellowship and prepares kids not only for the next game; but also for much broader roles in life beyond the field.
Jamey Carroll, former professional baseball infielder for the Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals, handed off to these young players the symbolic bat from the old to the new, transforming the Space Coast into the “youth sports capital of the world.”
In addition to the Field of Dreams
athletes, professional athletes from the USSSA Pride
, a women’s professional softball team, made an appearance such as Gold Medalist Kelly Kretschman
who finished the 2016 season as the league’s first Triple Crown winner.
The USSSA Pride
look forward to hosting their first home series at the new complex on June 8, 2017 when they kick off the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch
season against the Akron Racers.
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USSSA is headquartered in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.