USA BASEBALL OLYMPIC TRAINING COMPLEX
Over the past couple years I have been working as the project director on the new USA baseball Olympic Training Facility in Cary, NC. The complex will break ground this summer and will have 4 – full size regulation fields including one that will be a small stadium with 1500 seats. Paul Sieler, Executive Director of USA baseball and his staff moved to Cary after several years in Tuscon AZ. The east coast provided a much better access logistically for there needs so several groups, cities and private entities lobbied the USA Baseball Organization and Cary, N.C. came out on top!
Cary is in the center of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and has been labeled by Money Magazine as the top place in the country to live!
The USA staff does a wonderful job developing the game around the country and representing our national past time worldwide with numerous national teams traveling during the summer months. There have been some great players over the years that have played on USA teams before making the majors such as Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mussina,Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez, Ben Sheets, Robin Ventura, Mark Prior and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Doug Mientkiewicz, Adam Everett and Brad Wilkerson and many others.
The construction site presented some initial design challenges due to the topography of the land, but at the same time the steep grades have also allowed for some very unique designs. Each field will be on a different grade giving the complex more character than your standard "wagon wheel" design.
More to come on this great project once we start construction this summer. The projected opening date will be spring 2007.