Directions & Fields

Tournament will be held at the all-new North Complex in Batesville, Arkansas located at 3075 East Main, Batesville, AR 72501.

Directions

***BE SURE TO CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS***
Due to recent heavy rains, some roads in Arkansas may be closed due to water. Please check the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department website for a updated list of road closings in the area.

Check In Upon Arrival




Upon arrival at the tournament please check in your team immediatedly at one of the following locations depending on where your first game is located.

Tournament Entry Fees must be paid before you play your first game. Make checks payable to "For the Kids of Arkansas, Inc." Please be sure to check your brackets in advance to see when and where you will be playing.

  • Main Complex games check in at Main Concession
    with Randy Bearce
  • Lyon College & Southside check in at Main Gate with Mike Watts

Batesville Hotels


Holiday Inn Express - Website - 870-698-2700

Econo Lodge - Website - 870-698-1855

Ramada Batesville - Website - 870-698-1800

Super 8 Batesville - Website - 870-793-5888

Comfort Suites - Website - 870-698-1900

Economy Inn - 870-793-3871

Expanded Hotel Info from the Batesville Chamber of Commerce


Batesville Field

Jeff Owens, director of the Batesville Parks and Recreation department , stands at the site for construction of new baseball fields that will replicate famous Major League Baseball ball fields. Roughly 50,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved to level out the area.

Photo By: Rusty Hubbard

New baseball fields give kids a look in major leagues

Yankee Stadium

Fenway Park

Wrigley Field

Comerica Park

Busch Stadium

Minute Maid Park

Chase Field

— Batesville Little League players with major league dreams will soon get the chance to play on replicas of the baseball diamonds where their Major League Baseball idols play.

Jeff Owens, Batesville parks and recreation director, said that by next spring, 10 new fields will be available for baseball, softball and T-ball players on the North Complex in the city.

“The new fields are designed for 12 and under [baseball] play,” Owens said.

The complex has seven fields and, by the end of the project, it will have 17 fields to play ball on, Owens said.

“The seven [new] baseball fields will replicate major league parks,” Owens said. The seven fields will be sixth-tenths replicas of these major league parks, Owens said.

Of those seven, two of the fields will be compatible for softball play, he said.

The $2.1 million project, paid for by a 1-cent recreation sales tax, is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving, he said.

The fields will replicate Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Comerica Park, Busch Stadium, Minute Maid Park and Chase Field. These fields will be on a smaller scale, but they will share most of the visual elements the major league parks have.

Batesville is one of two U.S. cities that will have such replicas, Owens said.

“We’ll replicate even the way they’re mowed,” Owens said. “It’ll make for a very unique experience.”

He mentioned some of the fields have certain “trademarks” that will be incorporated into the replicas.

For example, at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, the outfield walls are covered in ivy. Owens said a trellis will be put in to grow the famous ivy at the similar baseball field in Batesville.

Owens said he chose the fields because of the familiarity of them.

“The Yankees are one of the first teams you think of when you think of baseball,” Owens said. “I also chose Busch Stadium because [Arkansas] is St. Louis Cardinal country.”

The new fields are located where the former Batesville rodeo arena was, Owens said.

The arena sat higher up on the ground, so dirt had to be moved to level out the ground where baseball diamonds will soon lie.

“We’ve moved almost 50,000 yards of dirt,” Owens said.

Owens said grass should be put on the fields by Aug. 30.

“We’ve still got parking lots, concession stands and lights to build,” Owens said. “This is one of my first major construction projects as parks director [for Batesville].”

He said the facilities will cover about 30 to 35 acres of property at the North Complex.

Owens said the new facilities will mean new opportunities for the city and community.

“We should be able to host tournaments with up to 40 teams that can play,” Owens said.

“[This project] has been pretty neat,” Owens said.

Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Zoned Editions Staff Writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at 501-244-4307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

- Credit to Arkansas Online: Three Rivers Edition for the Article.