Ballparks of America Celebrates 2022 Opening Day

BRANSON, Missouri – Baseball season is ramping up and will officially begin in Branson, MO on March 26th with Opening Day at Ballparks of America. This spring, more than 300 teams will visit the facility, located on 1000 Pat Nash Drive, to compete in local and regional tournaments.

Ballparks of America’s St. Louis-based tournament partners GMB and Game7 Baseball will each hold four weekend tournaments on the 5 two-thirds scale replicas of major league baseball fields.

Ballparks of America will also host the Ozark Mountain Baseball Charity Classic on April 15th and 16th, a late addition to the spring schedule since GMB and Game7 Baseball tournaments sold out so quickly. The 9U-12U tournament will be held on the state-of-the-art turf fields – as well as an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning prior to games.

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All spectator gate fees will be donated to Elevate Branson, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide resources, relationships, and a network of support that provides hope, dignity, and purposeful work to lift families out of poverty. In addition, Ballparks of America will donate 10% of all Pro Shop, Puzzle Parlour, Operation Laser Tag, and concession and restaurant sales from this tournament to Elevate Branson as part of an ongoing donor relation-ship Ballparks of America is establishing with its neighbor.

Elevate Branson started a campaign to build multiple tiny homes to provide members of Branson’s homeless population with secure housing and a place to call home.

Matt Grindstaff, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Elevate Branson, says, “Imagine no more substandard, inadequate, motel room living in our area replaced by a fresh, safe, and positive sense of community. Secure housing meets an essential and fundamental need, reduces motel living and homelessness, and lifts individuals in our whole community.”

Elevate Branson’s mission is, “to elevate our community by empowering our neighbors to reach their full potential.” Building tiny homes is a step in achieving that mission and one Ballparks of America is proud to support.

“The MLB has been on pause at spring training sites, but our tournaments are mostly sold out to start the year off right,” says Ballparks of America General Manager Scott Bailes. “We added the OMB Charity Classic to raise funds for Elevate Branson and to give teams an extra chance to visit our facility in the spring. We are so excited to work with GMB, Game7 Baseball, Ozark Mountain Baseball and Elevate Branson to start our year off right!”

Ballparks of America is excited to preface a busy summer with a successful spring season that will benefit the Branson community on top of creating a one-of-a-kind baseball experience for the sport’s youth. For more information on spring and summer tournaments at Ballparks of America, visit www.ballparksofamerica.com.

The Ballparks of America Spring Tournament Schedule is below:

  • March 26-27 – GMB Gold Ring Championship (9U-14U)
  • April 1-3 – Game7 Spring RING Classic (11U-12U, 14U)
  • April 8-10 – GMB Can of Corn Classic (10U-14U)
  • April 16-17 – OMB Charity Classic (9U-12U)
  • April 22-24 – Game7 Best of the Midwest (9U, 11U-13U)
  • April 29-May 1 – Game7 Cinco de Branson (9U-13U)
  • May 6-8 – GMB Mother’s Day Classic (10U-14U)
  • May 13-15 – GMB The Draft (10U-14U)
  • May 20-22 – Game7 Spring Championship (10U-11U, 13U)

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