OSWEGO — Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup introduced plans to inject $2 million into the Legends Fields Complicated to create a premier vacation spot for baseball and softball that can function a regional attraction and improve native tourism income.
The Legends Fields Complicated is the one six-field, lighted advanced in Central New York and supplies a venue for softball and baseball tournaments for all ages and skills.
Oswego County, which owns the property however for years has leased it to the town of Oswego for its softball leagues, is planning to spend as much as $2 million to put in turf and enhance drainage on the web site. The enhancements will prolong the season annually, rising leisure alternatives and boosting financial exercise.
“Legends Fields Complicated is a singular facility that for years has not reached its full potential, however the non-public enterprise managing the power lately has proven it may be a major asset to our group, drawing guests from across the area who spend cash at our inns, shops and eating places,” mentioned Weatherup, District 9.
Central New York-based Champions Occasions took over administration of the fields in 2018 and elevated participation in native leagues and tournaments along with endeavor enhancements to the fields with monetary help from the town. Champions Occasions has a confirmed observe report of success and their efforts have elevated the fields to a regional attraction that hosts aggressive baseball and softball tournaments.
“Additional enhancements to the fields will drive vital mattress and gross sales tax income to our county, and this strategic funding ought to pay dividends for years to come back,” Weatherup mentioned.
Legislator Tim Stahl, District 20, who spearheaded this effort on the county stage, mentioned the set up of turf on all six fields would enable the league to function for 20 weeks annually and supply hundreds of thousands in financial impression to Oswego County.
Stahl mentioned the athletic advanced at present generates vital income for native companies, with athletes and their households filling native inns and eating places throughout event weekends.
“Enhancements to this advanced will double the size of the season annually and make sure the continued use of the location for years to come back,” Stahl mentioned. “This funding ought to present a considerable return on funding for the county and its taxpayers.”
Funding within the facility is anticipated to roughly double the financial impression from the power, permitting gamers and groups at present on ready lists to take part and offering a venue for extra high-profile nationwide occasions.
Oswego Metropolis Council President Robert Corradino mentioned enhancements to the Legends Athletic Complicated are important for the long-term success of the power.
“Our group has an extended and wealthy historical past with baseball and softball that can proceed due to this funding,” mentioned Corradino, who has been a presence in native softball for years. “This stunning advanced attracts many youth tournaments that assist the county’s tourism enterprise and likewise supplies native gamers with a protected venue to study and play for a few years to come back”
The Oswego County Legislature plans to approve funding for the mission at its December assembly as a part of the 2023 funds. Many of the work is anticipated to be accomplished within the offseason to reduce disruptions, and county officers plan to discover additional enhancements to the location.