FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2017
Historic Dodgertown opens 2017 sports season & annual economic generator
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – More than 1,300 athletes ages 9 to 18 representing 87 teams, plus coaches, families and friends from 12 states and Canada, will meet in Vero Beach this weekend for Historic Dodgertown’s annual Treasure Coast Presidents’ Day Challenge tournament.
The Treasure Coast Presidents’ Day Challenge, co-sponsored by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, kicks off the busy spring sports season at Historic Dodgertown. The tournament’s size and scope expands to games also being played at South County Regional Park as well as Lakewood and Lawnwood Park in St. Lucie County.
Historic Dodgertown hosts seven weekend and weeklong tournaments each year in addition to other teams, sports and organizations who utilize the facility for their games, training, conferences and retreats.
The tournament is followed by Historic Dodgertown’s College and High School Spring Training program. The program operates from February 20 through April 23 and is one of the largest such programs in the nation. This year Historic Dodgertown will welcome more than 180 schools from 25 states and Canada for baseball, softball, lacrosse, rugby and soccer.
Coaches and families who visit Vero Beach can book their hotel stays in one of Historic Dodgertown’s 89 hotel villa rooms or at one of our partner hotels, bringing a boost to the local economy through their stays, dining and shopping.
Each year more than 1,100 sports and corporate teams from 30 states and 10 countries visit Historic Dodgertown in the sports of baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby football, swimming, international baseball and football, as well as through umpire development, business meetings, retreats and more. Teams that stay on property can enjoy recreational amenities not available elsewhere: a competition-sized swimming pool and large deck, lighted tennis and basketball courts, major-league designed fitness room, sand volleyball court, shuffleboard, and paths for walking or jogging.
In Vero Beach and Indian River County, more than 32,000 hotel rooms are booked annually as a result of games and training at Historic Dodgertown. That is double the population of Vero Beach alone.
Historic Dodgertown’s clients include professional and amateur sports organizations, and business corporations, such as: Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Korean Baseball Organization SK Wyverns, Canadian Football League, Baseball and Softball Factory, Hardball 360, FCSAA Junior College Softball State Championship, FHSAA High School State Softball Championship, Nike lacrosse, Bill Pilate’s Lacrosse Goalie School, Division I and II sports, USA Rugby/ATAVUS, swimming and rowing teams for land training, and more. The annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game is played at Holman Stadium, and this year marks the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in sports. Dodgertown, the first the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South, was named a Florida Heritage Landmark in 2014.
For more information on Historic Dodgertown, please visit our website at www.HistoricDodgertown.com. To inquire about booking your sports or corporate team, please call (772) 569-4900, or email us at info@HistoricDodgertown.com.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532