My son is involved in select baseball... (spare the feedback) please. We travel all around central Texas to various parks in way smaller towns with all turf fields and what not. With all the select teams and talent here why don't we have something like this in B/CS? There is plenty of land and these things are big money makers every weekend. I know it has been tossed around plenty of times but why isn't it happening? We play our local tournaments at little league parks that couldn't handle the crowd if we tried to organize something. A perfect example is the park in Franklin. Meticulously thought out and one of the best parks that we have been to. In a town of 1500+. What gives? A rant i know but just thought i would put it out there...
I suspect that it has not been done as nobody wants increases in property taxes. They are too high now.
It seems like there are quite a few ball fields in the area. Is there a shortage? How many fields are needed on a given weekend? Cannot existing fields be further developed to handle crowds? How many weekends would they be used?
My guess would be that Franklin probably has/had so much gas tax revenues that they worked hard to just find places to spend it? I go past their complex many weeks and it sure is nice.
My guess would be is that the smaller towns have fewer issues to address and numbers of interest groups that competes for the tax dollars.
Has an economic analysis been done by anyone on the assumption that select tournaments would be big money makers every weekend? Every weekend? Would the revenues gererated really pay for much of the land acquisition and infrastructure development costs?