Georgia is already an ideal baseball or softball location thanks to its climate, but it offers a plethora of top-quality facilities, too. Here are 11 baseball and softball venues to choose from when planning your next tournament or event.
Al Bishop Softball Complex
Al Bishop Softball Complex, sponsored by the Cobb Recreation Department, is a nationally recognized facility that has been hosting around 2,500 annual tournaments since 1979. It also periodically hosts 2,000 league games a year on one of its five fields. A few events that come back year after year are CAM Sports Youth Fast-Pitch Tournament, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Tournament, Metro Girls Fast-Pitch Tournament and NSA Youth Fast Pitch Tournament.
Home to the Alpharetta Youth Baseball Association, this 110-acre park is a ball player’s dream. The park includes seven grass baseball fields, one synthetic turf baseball field and two tee ball fields. Families enjoy five picnic pavilions and Wacky World Playground. It also offers a 1.8-mile walking trail where spectators can stretch their legs and view the scenic Alpharetta Community Garden and Alpharetta Arboretum.
Charles C. Brooks Sports Complex
Charles C. Brooks Sports Complex is conveniently located on Wilmington Island, minutes from the bustling city of Savannah via the scenic Islands Expy. The complex offers four lighted baseball/softball fields with LCD scoreboards, plus a lighted soccer/football field ideal for warm-up space. There is seating for 300 with on-site concessions and restrooms. The park is available and used throughout the year.
North Park features eight lighted softball fields. Players, coaches, referees and fans alike can enjoy meals and snacks in its two picnic pavilions, and two playgrounds keep younger kids busy. Visitors to the park can also enjoy its Adult Activity Center, Arts Building, Rotary Reflection Garden and 3.1-mile walking trail.
Lost Mountain Park
Lost Mountain Park features eight softball fields and one baseball field. Two football/soccer fields and a track serve as a spacious warm-up area. Other amenities include three concession areas, two playgrounds, three picnic pavilions, batting cages and two fishing ponds. In addition to competing space, the park offers ways to entertain families and fans.
Wild Horse Creek Park
Wild Horse Creek Park offers six softball fields and a baseball field. A field used for both soccer and football, a BMX track, an equestrian facility, a fishing pond and four tennis courts mean ample space and scenery. The park also has concession buildings, a picnic pavilion and playgrounds.
Lanier Point Athletic Complex
Lake Lanier Point Athletic Complex spans approximately 90 acres of grassland and includes four, 300-foot baseball and softball playing fields. The entire facility takes up approximately 28,000 square feet, and all of the outfields are equipped with 8-foot fences. Picnic areas, restroom facilities, and concession stands are located throughout the park and complex. The complex also features halide lighting and a two-story control tower with telecommunications to all of the state-of-the-art playing fields.
Southeast Athletic Complex
This complex offers ample parking for 300 visitors as well as a concession area. Its 80 acres consist of four softball fields, two of which are lighted, and a women’s fast pitch field. An additional five soccer fields (one lighted) and three multi-use fields provide extra space for warm-ups and other activities.
Harris and Shuford Baseball/Softball Complexes
The Harris and Shuford complexes comprise 14 fields, conveniently located across the street from each other on the east side of LaGrange. The fields come in various sizes for different age levels and abilities. Parking lots line the west edge of the eight-field Harris baseball complex and also the southeast corner of the six-softball-field Shuford complex. Spectators enjoy games from bleacher seating or stand or sit picnic-style alongside the foul lines.
Wade Walker Park
With 177 acres dedicated solely to youth sports, Wade Walker Park features six softball/baseball fields. Additional space is available through several natural grass fields.
For off time, trails are waiting to be explored on the nearby lake, and five picnic shelters, a playground and a concession area cover all other tournament needs.
Coolray Field is home to the Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves. The stadium has over 10,000 seats and includes a state-of-the-art Diamond Vision screen. It offers full-service catering, multiple bars and restaurants, and a wide variety of visual and audio equipment. It also has indoor batting cages with a viewing area. Coolray Field has a variety of suites, the smallest of which comfortably holds 25 people, perfect for watching a game or holding an event. Multiple outdoor decks are ideal for parties or activities.
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