A baseball game or visit to Branson, Mo. is a summer highlight for many families across the Midwest. As coronavirus restrictions are eased, folks with cabin fever soon may be able to combine both past times.
Ballparks of America, located in Branson, Mo., is operated by Sports Facilities Management, which has been leading preparations and gearing up for the first tournament of the summer. Those preparations include putting in additional cleaning, social distancing and potential screening policies and safety procedures to protect players, visitors and employees. The team is following guidelines from the CDC and local and state governmental and health authorities.
Ballparks of America is a 70-acre world-class baseball destination for players ages 9 to 14, which attracts thousands of visitors annually to its home city of Branson, Following an ownership shift earlier this year, the Ballparks of America team is preparing to bring in the first wave of teams for the 2020 summer baseball season.
The organization recently added former major league player Scott Bailes to its staff.
Bailes started in the 1986 season with the Cleveland Indians, and his major league career spanned nearly 10 seasons, with stops in Cleveland, California and Texas. Upon retirement, he founded Sports World, an indoor sports training facility, while serving a four-year term as a city councilman and serving on the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Ballparks America recently announced new events in August and September as a direct result of the delayed start to the baseball season and increased customer demand. The Ballparks team is currently registering teams for the remaining slots in those tournaments. Because of their market influence as a national sports destination, Ballparks of America is also positioned to be a leader in the post-COVID recovery and rebound for Branson, bringing in new and repeat visitors to one of America’s favorite family destinations.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice