Baseball and softball teams waiting for Big League Dreams to reopen won’t have to wait much longer. League City has signed an agreement with TC Sports Group LLC. to not only operate and maintain Big League Dreams, but to reinvest $2 million into the athletic facility for repairs and upgrades. Earlier this year, TC Sports Group purchased Big League Dreams USA, which previously managed all nine Big League Dreams facilities in California, Las Vegas, and Texas—including the facility in League City. The new managers say they are committed to returning the City-owned facility to its original state when it first opened 15 years ago. They also plan to upgrade it and expand the current business model to bring in other events and concerts, as well as rent out the facility’s indoor pavilion for meetings and parties.
“When Big League Dreams reopens before the end of this year, it is not only going to look and feel like a brand-new park, but it is going to have the latest advancements,” said Kevin Flora, Chief Operating Officer of Big League Dreams USA and a former Major League Baseball player. “A lot has changed since the facility opened and improvements have been made in turf and equipment. Our upgrades to the park will include these enhancements”
Repairs have already begun at the facility, including irrigation and AC work, as well as the demolition and redesign of the two restaurants which will have a new look and feel. In addition, all infield turf is being replaced with the same turf used on college athletic fields around the country.
“Our goal is to make this facility one of the best in the country and to work with the City of League City as a community partner to engage residents and bring in visitors for sporting events and more.” said Joe Giansante, Executive Vice President of Big League Dreams USA and a former Associate Athletic Director for the University of Oregon.
The new operators hope to increase visitor numbers by bringing in additional sporting events, including cheerleading competitions and camps, and by working with the League City Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. As part of the operating and maintenance agreement, League City receives a portion of revenue brought in through the facility’s sports programming, events, rental, and concession sales.
“We are eager to reopen Big League Dreams so we can continue to serve our residents and bring in new people to experience all that League City has to offer,” said City Manager John Baumgartner. “I believe this new partnership will be beneficial to our City, our residents, and our business community.”