Over the last three months, Ballparks of the Ozarks has partnered with several area businesses for services related to the project, including financing.

Ballparks of the Ozarks has secured a lending partner to finance the construction project, remaining hopeful that some baseball will be played in 2017. 

Since hosting a groundbreaking ceremony in September 2017, construction crews have cleared land, cut a road to access U.S. Highway 54 and installed infrastructure at the 293-acre property in Camden County. 

COO Bob Ramsey estimated 300,000 pounds of dirt have been moved and approximately 90 percent of the rough grading and infrastructure has been completed to this point. 

Over the last three months, Ballparks of the Ozarks has partnered with several area businesses for services related to the project, including financing. 

Recently, the private development announced Midwest Regional Bank as its financier and has joined the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council. 

Although the hope remains to begin using the facility in 2017, Ramsey said they don’t want to announce a schedule until they have a more detailed construction schedule for the incoming facilities. Winter weather and spring rains have caused minor delays as some aspects require Mother Nature’s cooperation. 

“We made a commitment from the day we announced this project that we would not take one dollar of registration fee from any team until we could guarantee without a question when the park would be ready,” Ballpark of the Ozarks announced back in January. 

Ramsey said they’ve already received numerous inquires from baseball teams around the state and Midwest interested in playing in tournaments. 

“If we were built today, we would be flooded,” Ramsey said. “We’ve drawn concentric rings around the Lake, as far as 500 miles. St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Columbia and Springfield, that’s the core, but the central Midwest region would be the bread and butter.” 

Also in January, Camden County approved a petition to establish the business as a Community Improvement District (CID) with the ability to impose a sales tax of 1 percent on activities within the district. 

Located on 297 acres adjacent to Highway 54 just west of Camdenton, the state-of-the-art baseball complex is designed to host tournaments for teams of players ages 8 to 14. 

Facilities include batting cages, concessions, a full-service bar, and unique seating for spectators. When completed, the facility is expected to be open for play approximately 170 days per year with an anticipated crowd of as many as 1,500 per day. 

By around March 2018, Ramsey hopes, the facility will be running at full-capacity with around 100 total employees in landscaping, food and beverage, sales and marketing and game operations positions.