WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – Whether from home or away, some of the first visitors to Grand Park sports campus in Westfield have considered the facility a point of pride for the community.
Though its official opening would be celebrated in June 2014, Grand Park was host to its first official baseball tournament on Friday and Saturday while traveling soccer leagues also took to the fields.
Players and families from Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana took place in various games.
More than 2,000 athletes and spectators were some of the first of 1.5 million people expected to attend and participate in events at Grand Park annually.
Guy Chandler of Columbus, Ohio said he travels across the Midwest and East Coast for his daughter’s sporting events and was impressed by the new facilities in Hamilton County.
“It’s very nice, the community ought to be proud of it,” Chandler said.
Mayor Andy Cook said he has received similar positive feedback from locals and people traveling from out-of-town alike.
“The most common reaction is, ‘we’ve been all over the country and we’ve never see a facility quite like this.’ This is Westfield’s industry. It’s just a little different in that it doesn’t have any smokestacks on it like we’re used to in Indiana but this facility is intended to drive the hospitality industry to Westfield,” Mayor Cook said.
Grand Park is located on 191st Street between US 31 and Spring Mill Road in Westfield.
Final plans featured 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields and ten miles of pedestrian or bicycle trails.