New Regional Sports Park Hosts a National Youth Baseball Tournament

KIX team member Conrad Curry finds a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in our region: at a venue that is attracting visitors from all over the country. Read more about Conrad’s outing to a great regional asset – the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

New Regional Sports Park Hosts a National Youth Baseball Tournament
by Conrad Curry

Elizabethtown Sports Park

One of the things I most look forward to is taking my grandsons out to lunch and a movie on Saturdays. This week was no different, but with an early lunch and “World War Z” not starting until 2 pm, it looked as if we’d have some time on our hands. Then I remembered that the Athletics Baseball Youth Nationals were underway at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. Why not take in a game, I thought?

There are 88 teams in the tournament ranging from under-9 to under-14 in six divisions. Some teams, along with thousands of fans and parents, had traveled from as far away as Hawaii to get here. And since we’re just a few miles from the park, it made perfect sense for us to take advantage. The boys agreed.

When we arrived at noon the parking lots were crowded with vehicles bearing

license plates from many states and games already being played on every field. The grandstands were filled with cheering fans, and the atmosphere very similar to that of a major league ballgame. Visitors to the facility, many wearing their team’s colors, were lined up at the concession stands, walking on the paths that separate the fields, or sitting at one of the many convenient benches or picnic tables eating hotdogs, popcorn, and other traditional ballpark treats. Everyone looked like they were

having a good time. I know we were.

The Sports Park itself is pristine, with 12 ball diamonds groomed to big league perfection. It’s difficult to imagine that only a few years ago this same area had been a mostly wooded floodplain. But what started as a dream for a few local visionaries has become a world class athletic facility, and one that is dr

awing the attention of an entire nation. The Youth Nationals are living proof of that.

We found seats at a “12 and under” game that was just starting, featuring a Louisville team going up against a squad from Texas. Soon we were cheering, swapping stories, and enjoying the game with a group of folks who had just driven two days from Austin to get here. All of them were totally in awe of the Sports Park and of the well organized, professionally executed event they were taking part in. And since they would be in town for two weeks, each was looking forward to seeing more of our region. Many had already made plans to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and to catch some races at Churchill Downs. I proudly suggested a few

other local attractions they might enjoy, recommended some favorite restaurants, and provided directions.

One of the things that make baseball such a popular pastime is the shared experience. Fans have a common love for a terrific sport, and watching talented kids playing good old-fashioned baseball is the game at its purest. How lucky I am, I thought, to have the Sports Park right here in my own backyard and an opportunity to share it with my grandsons; not to mention some new friends from the Lone Star State.

Elizabethtown Sports Park

The Elizabethtown Sports Park is an easy drive from anywhere in the region, and it doesn’t cost a dime to get in. The Youth Nationals tournament won’t be ending until July 4, so if you’ve got t

he time, I highly recommend a visit to see this, or one of the many other events scheduled at the park. Find out more here. It’s a trip you’ll truly enjoy.

 

 

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