Ballparks of the Ozarks, LLC announced today that a baseball facility would be built on a 239-acre site just west of Camdenton, Missouri. The site is located off State Road J and Highway 54, at 630 Camping Paradise Road.

Facility owners Bob Ramsey and Jeff Vernetti unveiled their architectural and business plans today at a ceremonial groundbreaking at the project site with many members of the local community and media in attendance.

Dubbed “America’s Baseball Resort,” the facility will include twelve state-of-the-art baseball fields and a number of amenities and features that will set it apart from the competition. The facility will offer both grass and artificial turf surface fields, restaurant-quality food service, indoor batting cages, RV parking, an amphitheater, an expansive playground, and ample customer parking.

In addition, the fields themselves will have many unique design features, like sunken in-ground dugouts, self-contained stadium environments that will include team workout areas, and no chain-link fencing will be used in any area of the facility. All twelve fields will be lighted to allow night games. Long-term plans include the building of an additional eight fields, as well as the addition of two multipurpose turf fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse.

“Our fields as constructed will be state-of-the-art,” said Ballparks of the Ozarks, LLC COO, Bob Ramsey. “What will push our ballparks beyond what competitors have to offer will be our amenities. Families and teams from across the nation will be drawn to the “America’s Baseball Resort” experience.”

The company selected the Lake of the Ozarks area due to its vast quantity of resorts, hotel rooms and condos, and leisure activities.

“The lake area has a vast network of activities for families to utilize while on vacation,” said Ballparks of the Ozarks, LLC CEO, Jeff Vernetti. “Throw in the fact that they have over 6,000 hotel rooms and condos for families to stay at, it is the ultimate Midwest vacation destination. We will truly be America’s Baseball Resort.”

Ramsey and Vernetti also introduced their construction manager, Sal Ruffino and architect, Matt Adams. Ruffino was the lead construction manager on both the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, while Adams was responsible for designing the majority of the redevelopment of Alton, Illinois, which included Raging Rivers Water Park.

“Sal [Ruffino] and Matt [Adams] have over 50-years of combined experience in the field of design and construction,” said Ramsey. “We truly have assembled an amazing team who will build a world-class facility.”

Ballparks of the Ozarks to is slated to open for business in 2016 and offer baseball tournaments, local baseball leagues, and sports camps and clinics to players ranging from eight years to eighteen years old. In addition, well over 100 jobs, both full-time and part-time, will be created with the opening of the facility.

“This facility will create over 100 jobs and bring millions of dollars annually to the local community,” said Vernetti. “This will be a significant development for the Lake of the Ozarks, Camden County, and the entire Midwest for years to come.”

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