Bay County, PCB Officials Break Ground on Panama City Beach Sports Park

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The ball is finally rolling in Panama City Beach as construction for the $37 million sports park has officially started. 

The facility is expected to bring new tourism, jobs and revenue to Bay County.

The Panama City Beach Sports Park has been in the works with the Bay County Tourist Development Council for the last three years, and now it's finally coming to life.

"This is a state of the art facility, we will be the envy of everybody in the Southeast, every kid in the southeast will want to play on the fields," said Bay County Commissioner, Griff Griffitts.

The 210 acre sports park and stadium complex is offering 13 fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, and softball. 

"This really takes us to another level, this will bring us to the pinnacle in sports marketing," Griffitts said.

TDC President, Dan Rowe, said the goal of the park is to bring more tourists to the beach in the off season.  

"In the summer we will continue to play baseball, softball and some other tournaments, but we're really focusing most of our efforts on driving business during the non-summer months just to really help build tourism on a year round basis."

With the tournaments and other events, the facility is anticipated to bring 75,000 additional room nights a year.

But it's not just benefiting visitors, Griffitts said the park will also provide new jobs in and outside of the facility to locals. 

"Not only the jobs here in the park, but the ancillary jobs the ones that flow off this project will be a couple 100 jobs of direct impact in the economy," he said.

TDC officials anticipate that kids will be out playing on the new fields by Memorial Day next year. 

Bay District Schools is also planning to build a brand new elementary school next to the sports park.

St. Joe company has already donated land to make this possible.


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