The City of Avon is developing a 122-acre complex just off of Rt. 2, at Rt. 611. The complex will feature a ballpark, YMCA, soccer fields and indoor hockey. The ballpark is well underway and the crews recently broke ground on the Y. Mayor Jim Smith says that when they get to 2 million people per year coming to the site, he estimates about 500,000 will be staying over night.
“In the summertime, when people come for a baseball tournament or something else, they’ll go to Lorain, they’ll get themselves a charter to go fishing, they’ll go to the restaurants along the Lake, they’ll go to Elyria, Lorain. The ‘Y’, we opened up for everybody. We hope that the Lorain swimteam uses it, the Lorain kids use it. When there’s people that can’t afford it, we’ll have scholarships for the kids to go to the ‘Y’.
We’ll have 28 million (in this complex). The Ballfield is $12 (million) with architecture and everything else. The road, sewer, water and everything else is $8 (million). We have $8 million of our own (invested) in the ‘Y’, and the ‘Y’ is going to have $5 (million). It’s a huge, huge undertaking.”
View to the right, just inside The Ballpark
Area where loges will be located
Location for seats for the loges
View of seating on 3rd base side
The Ballpark will have individual seats, instead of benches. On the patio, just above the seating area, there will be tables that will seat four. These tables will be full-service: foodservers will take orders for hot dogs, beer, etc., so the fans won’t have to wait in line at concession stands.
View of right side seating and dugout (left)
Wider view of right side of park
The Beer Garden will be located on the 3rd base side of the park
View of the inside of the park
The mound in the back, on the left (behind the yellow shed), will be a lawn area that will seat 1,500.
June 2 will be Opening Day. Anyone else want to go?
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