Zionsville clinches multimillion-dollar Little League HQ

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Little League International board of directors on Friday afternoon chose Zionsville as its new central region headquarters.

At the end of October, three finalists remained in the running for the facility: Plainfield, Zionsville and Matteson, Illinois.

“Throughout this entire process, Zionsville has truly embraced Little League to the fullest extent and made clear its intent to support Little League’s operations. We are looking forward to the future that this community will offer for our Central Region Headquarters and for the hundreds of thousands of Little Leaguers that are supported by our staff throughout the region,” Hugh Tanner, Little League International board of directors chairman said in a news release Friday afternoon.

The decision to relocate the central region headquarters from Indianapolis was made in August of 2016.

According to Little League International, the new multimillion-dollar facility will stand on the southwest corner of Whitestown Parkway and South County Road 875 East, just south of the Zionsville High School baseball and softball complex.

The central region headquarters is one of five Little League regional offices and serves Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The 2018 Little League Baseball Great Lakes and Midwest Region Championships and Little League Softball Central Region Championship tournaments are scheduled to be played at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, as the relocation process gets underway, according to Little League International.

Molly Whitehead, executive director of Boone County Economic Development, issued this statement late Friday afternoon:

“We are thrilled that Zionsville has been selected as the new home of Little League International’s Central Region headquarters. Zionsville did an exceptional job welcoming the Little League International team and the Boone County Economic Development Corporation was pleased to have been a partner in the selection process. This announcement will have a significant economic impact on the restaurants and hotels in Zionsville and the surrounding Boone County communities.”