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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

PG selects Hutto for expansion

Daron Sutton        

Perfect Game Selects Hutto, Texas for Major Expansion

Premier youth baseball scouting organization developing new facility in Hutto, Texas as part of its regional and national growth strategy

HUTTO, Texas —The nation’s flagship baseball scouting organization, Perfect Game, is creating a state-of-the-art baseball complex in Hutto, Texas as part of a major expansion initiative bringing with it the city’s first indoor sports and events center designed to seat up to 13,000, a convention hotel and generating a combined demand for more than 150,000 hotel room nights annually. The project, a partnership between Perfect Game, Sports Facility Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM) developer Wolverine Interests LLC, and the City of Hutto, will bring $800 million in private investment, the single largest economic development deal in the history of Hutto.

Perfect Game is the largest baseball showcase organization in the country. They have seen 11,623 players drafted by Major League Baseball and 1,240 major league players have participated in Perfect Game events.

“Perfect Game is excited to establish roots in Hutto, Texas,” Perfect Game Founder Jerry Ford stated. “We look forward to helping Hutto and the greater Austin region achieve its economic and community goals.  This complex will draw players, coaches, scouts, and families from coast to coast and other countries.  We are especially impressed by the people here and we look forward to a long successful relationship while we work closely with the Hutto community. We are excited by this outcome which fits perfectly with our regional and national growth plans as the start of our exciting expansion plans. Our mission has always been to grow the game at every level and we will continue to grow amateur baseball across the nation as we expand in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, the Northeast, California, Arizona, the Midwest and other targeted areas domestically and internationally.”

Perfect Game’s decision to create a baseball complex in Hutto, Texas just minutes from Austin and Round Rock, is one of the most significant events in the sports tourism industry in the last 20 years. Combining an SFM events center and hotel was a natural fit and will turn Hutto into one of the top scouting destinations in America. The community programs offered by SFM and Perfect Game will improve access to sports for local citizens. “It is a true win, win, win,” said Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of Sports Facilities Advisory.

“The addition of Perfect Game to the City of Hutto is a shining example of how the company we keep keeps getting better,” Hutto City Manager and CEO Odis Jones said. “Perfect Game is a game-changer in terms of diversifying our tax base, in particular, our tourism, hotel and convention business. It will benefit Hutto and the Central Texas region by infusing $200 million annually in direct spending to our local community, creating demand for more than 150,000 hotel room nights, and bringing Hutto a 13,000-seat SFM indoor sports and events arena.”

“This project will allow our community to get everything they wanted and more regarding our parks and recreation projects,” City of Hutto Mayor Doug Gaul said. “We are getting a substantial investment into our community and will be able to leverage our bond dollars to go above and beyond for our residents.”

The complex will have state-of-the-art technology and feature office, commercial, residential, medical and physical therapy services, and sports and clothing apparel, marking Hutto’s first entry into the apparel marketplace, as well as the Perfect Game Hall of Fame. The site will feature24 turf baseball fields, 10 of which the city will develop for public use, along with multi-purpose fields and other recreational opportunities.

Since its founding in 1995, Perfect Game has grown to become the premier host of amateur baseball events, operating tournaments and showcases across the United StatesCanadaEurope and Puerto Rico. The organization’s mission is to promote the game of baseball by hosting the highest quality amateur events while providing meaningful opportunities and information to players, families, Major League Baseball organizations, college coaches and fans.

"This move is just another step to create more opportunities for young players and increase our coverage of the amateur game at every level,” said Ben Ford, Perfect Game Senior Vice President. “We want to increase participation and diversity and coming to Hutto will help us continue to grow America’s greatest game."

Perfect Game plans to host a grand opening tournament no later than Memorial Day 2021. It is anticipated that all fields will be finished by that time, Wolverine Interests expects that the first residential project will also be completed by Memorial Day 2021.


About Perfect Game
Founded by former scout and college coach Jerry Ford in 1995 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and celebrating its 25th anniversary, Perfect Game is the world’s largest and most comprehensive scouting report service, operating tournaments and showcases across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe. Perfect Game provides its’ athletes exposure to the top collegiate and professional scouts in the industry, which includes a history of over 1,200 MLB Players and over 11,500 MLB Draft selections. PG Alumni includes Rookies of the Year, multiple Cy Young and MVP award winners and hundreds of past and present All Stars.  Perfect Game’s mission is to develop amateur baseball players by providing the highest caliber events and attract new players and fans for the game of baseball.

About Hutto
The City of Hutto is a full-service, home-rule municipality operating under a Council-Manager form of government in Central Texas. More than 30,000 people call the growing community home, making Hutto one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. People choose Hutto for the ability to have all that a small-town life can offer while being 25 minutes from the Texas state capitol. Hutto has recently been recognized as the “Top Place in Texas to Raise a Family,” the “No. 1 Local City (in the Austin area) for Young Couples,” the “No. 2 Safest City in the State of Texas” and “One of the Top 100 Places in Major Markets to Locate a Business. From its rural, agricultural roots to the growing population and commercial developments that are now Hutto, the community has remained centered on its people and the neighborhoods they call home.

 
About SFA|SFM
Since 2003, SFA|SFM have provided planning, funding, development and operations to a portfolio of sports and event centers valued at more than $10 billion. SFM operates the largest single network of sports tourism venues in the U.S. and provides a wide range of programs to improve access to sport in communities across the U.S. and internationally.





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