The warm weather and white sandy beaches attract amateur teams from across the country to the panhandle to compete in sports tournaments, and the Bay County Tourist Development Council wants to encourage that by providing top notch facilities.
 
The TDC has started construction on the new upgrades at Frank Brown Park and has released new images of what the new sports village will look like at the east end of Panama City Beach.
 
Every year, Frank Brown Park hosts baseball, soccer, swimming and softball events that bring in thousands of people. The TDC wants to increase those numbers with a $4 million renovation to the park, by adding new fencing, new dugouts and a new operations building. The project is expected to be complete by March.
 
The TDC says they are also on schedule to finish construction in 2018 of a new sports village. The total project will cost anywhere from $18 to $25 million dollars.
 
Bay County TDC Public Relations Specialist, David Demarest, says the sports village will be one of the nicest in the country.
 
“The sports village is going to do a lot to bring in those fall sports like soccer, lacrosse, even football, on those rectangular fields.” said Demarest. “Those are seasons that we need to grow. We do great at Frank Brown Park for the baseball, but we want to make sure we still have sports year round here.”
 
Frank Brown Park is still open right now for certain activities, and the upgrades will be done in time for all sports, including baseball and softball, by March.