The Branson, MO, Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit for Ballparks of America’s developer to build a $24 million youth baseball complex, constructed at the Factory Merchants Branson Mall, commonly referred to as the Red Roof Mall. The City of Branson created the ultimate youth baseball experience by implementing a one-of-a-kind facility. The project features 16 ball diamonds that are replicas of famous fields like Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, and Fenway Park. The existing structures at the mall were repurposed for team dormitories, restaurants, retail, and entertainment purposes. The facility hosts events that draw between 400 and 600 families a week.
The project was divided into several phases, the first of which called for developing five fields and repurposing existing buildings on-site. Olsson Associates provided all site civil engineering, landscape design, specialty lighting design, survey, utility design, and construction administration. The initial construction for the project began in late 2015 and its first opening game was on July 7, 2016.