Our Town: Brownfield’s multi-million dollar sports complex brings revenue
LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) - The City of Brownfield’s new ‘sports-plex’ is fueling years of planning and funding, replacing facilities nearly half a century old.
“The old baseball fields we had were constructed by oil field workers years ago, and citizens put it up out there on city land,” Scott Jackson, Parks and Recreation Director, said.
After 50 or 60 years of play, Jackson says those old fields were dangerous to play on. It took years of planning, and two budget cycles, to put together the $4.5 million for the Brownfield Sports complex.
“The community loves it,” Jackson said. “Been several tournaments played there already so we’re really proud of it.”
This six fields are well-spaced with a centrally located concession area.
“The elevation is what sets this field apart. at the highest part on the southernmost point of the complex, there’s a 14 foot drop, so it’s kind of like tiered, and that’s a unique design,” Jackson said.
Director Jackson says a three day baseball tournament can bring more than $50,000 into the city’s economy. He says it averages at least one of those a month since opening day.
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