December 5 - The nation’s premier baseball facility is getting a new tenant, as Perfect Game has announced it will pull operations from the LakePoint Sporting Community after next summer’s WWBA National Championship tournaments and Prep Baseball Report will begin hosting events at the Emerson, GA facility next May.
LakePoint is a 200-acre multi-sports facility that opened in 2014 with eight 90-foot artificial turf diamonds, three multi-use fields for soccer, lacrosse and football, 12 basketball courts, 24 indoor volleyball courts and a 170,000-square-foot indoor sports center. Other surrounding development - including hotels, restaurants and retail businesses - has pushed LakePoint’s price tag to $1 billion.
Area players and teams travel each summer to Georgia to participate in the national tournaments hosted by Perfect Game, which will reportedly now seek other venues throughout the state to host the events. Perfect Game is also building a 17-field complex on 128 acres near its headquarters in Cedar Rapids, IA, and hosts national events in Florida and regional events throughout the country.
Established in 1994, the organization had its national WWBA tournaments based at a nearby facility in East Cobb, GA for a number of years prior to LakePoint opening.
PBR, which has partnered with Rimrock Capital Management LLC, will move some of its operations staff from its headquarters in Chicago to Georgia. Launched in 2005, PBR now operates in 41 states with over 150 scouts forming the country’s largest recruiting service. PBR’s local affiliate covers Virginia and Washington, D.C. and has a three-man scouting staff: president Jerry Shank, scouting director John Nolan, and Richmond area scouting coordinator Jason Burton.
Other baseball tournament outfits could also utilize the LakePoint facility, according to its owners.
"[Perfect Game] will continue to operate their largest tournaments at LakePoint during the summer of 2019, but we are also excited to begin hosting other baseball tournament operators at our nationally recognized baseball complex,” said Dan Berman of LP Investments I, an affiliate of Rimrock Capital, in a story on Monday in Cartersville, GA’s Daily Tribune News. “We fully expect to sustain and grow our visitation as we move down this new path."
Rimrock Capital is driving the effort to revive LakePoint from the financial issues that forced LakePoint Land LLC and its subsidiaries to file for bankruptcy in June. That ultimately led to Perfect Game’s departure.
PBR has six events currently scheduled to be held at LakePoint in May and June, beginning with its Southeast Super Select for 13U and 14U players.