Dominican Republic’s most ambitious baseball project, the Latino Baseball Town
Preparations for the Dominican Republic’s most ambitious baseball project, the Latino Baseball Town (LBT) are ongoing, and this past Wednesday July 23rd, a luncheon was celebrated to announce the progress.
Hosted by Casa de Campo and Mr. Roberto Weill, Founder & President of the LBT and the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Lation (SFBL), the gathering brought together the 31 executives of the Dominican Republic’s MLB baseball academies in order to report on the progress of the Latino Baseball Town project.
This pleasant occasion held at the Conference Center Flamboyan in Casa de Campo was attended by; Mr. Ellis Perez, who served as moderator; Mr. Jose Cano, Former MLB baseball player and father of the baseball superstar Robinson Cano; Rafael Torres, President Casa de Campo; and as host Mr. Roberto A. Weill, Founder & President of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame and Latino Baseball Town; as well as, Mr. Pablo Peguero, General Manager of the local baseball team Los Toros del Este.
During the presentation of this megaproject, Mr. Roberto A. Weill made special emphasis on the strategy, which seeks to transform the Dominican Republic into a baseball epicenter in the Caribbean. While the MLB (Major League Baseball) already has 3o baseball academies here in the Dominican Republic, the next step is to build additional facilities, so that once graduated from these baseball academies, young baseball hopefuls can continue their training in a Class A and Instructional League. The Latino Baseball Town seeks to provide these facilities, along with the support of international baseball teams of course.
During his speech, Mr. Roberto Weill also mentioned that the project will have 32 income sources and will include a “Latino Center Stadium” with a capacity for 2o,000 spectators (expandable to 30,000), built to meet MLB requierements. The construction of this new stadium would allow the Dominican Republic to be one of the hosts of the World Baseball Classic in 2017, as well as Major League Baseball exhibition games.
To be located right here within the La Romana-Bayahibe area, the Latino Baseball Town will give a significant boost to the local economy (more jobs), as well as to sports and tourism.
About Latino Baseball Town
A one-of-a-kind, visionary development merging the best in baseball player development and competition with the unforgettable ‘Latino Fan Experience’ of the Dominican Republic – ground breaking took place in November of 2014.
Long a source of national pride, it seems the international community is now awakening to the pure statistics of one of the Dominican Republic’s prime exports – peloteros, or baseball players. The secret that many in the baseball community have known for some time, by virtue of all 30 Major League Baseball teams hosting player development academies in the Dominican Republic, is increasingly taking on an international flavor. If any doubt of this country’s emergence as a baseball superpower remained, it has been thoroughly routed by the Dominican Republic’s undefeated run in the World Baseball Classic 2013. When combined with the leadership of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame, a rapidly growing tourism industry, and a highly-supportive national government, this project presents an opportunity to realize the natural synergy seeming to take form – that of ‘A World Baseball Destination
Strategically located at the geographic center of Caribbean tourism, Latino Baseball Town will present a mixed-use destination complete in its offerings. This $600 million development is designed to appeal to the many and varied patrons that it will attract – Latinos, Americans, and the international tourist. Along with its location on the just-completed Coral Highway linking the Dominican Republic’s major cities, tourist destinations, airports and cruise ports, the project is poised to benefit from direct and affordable flights originating from throughout the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe.
Source: Casa de Campo Living
July 25, 2015
Category: DR Living |