The Hollister Tigers and the Springfield Mavericks, youth travel-ball teams, were the first to play a baseball scrimmage game on the replica of Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon at the grand opening of Ballparks of America.
Ballparks of America welcomed roughly 400 guests and stakeholders Thursday to a ribbon cutting and inaugural scrimmage at the recently completed Chicago Cubs replica field.
As Ballparks of America opened to the public for the first time on Thursday afternoon, Branson hopes baseball will bring an economic boost to this tourist mecca.
Ballparks of America will be one of only two in stay-and-play tournament facilities in the country
Former Gold Glove center fielder, Bob Dernier threw out the first pitch at the grand opening of Ballparks of America.