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LakePoint has immediate impact on community
by Monica Burge
August 05, 2014 03:41 PM | 2554 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray.A view from the press box of one of Lake Point's new baseball fields.
Staff / Erin Gray.A view from the press box of one of Lake Point's new baseball fields.
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When news spread about plans for a multi-million dollar sports complex being built in Emerson, excitement began to build for expectations that it would have a dramatic impact on the community.

From its inception, the allure and impact of the LakePoint Sporting Community spread hope that the local economy would benefit in several ways. And it all started with one sport, arguably one of America’s favorite —baseball, said LakePoint CEO Earl Ehrhart.

“We always recognized that youth travel sports was a fast-growing segment of the economy and we also knew from personal experience that there were not many facilities out there that really catered to the needs of the families who have adopted the travel-sports lifestyle,” said Ehrhart. “We started with one sport, baseball. Once the word about LakePoint started to spread amongst the sports community, we saw explosive demand. We now anticipate more than 40 sports will be played at LakePoint.”

In addition to being a sports oasis, the complex also aims to be a premeire destination for families.

“Currently, LakePoint is under contract or in advanced negotiations with over 100 businesses, from hotels, restaurants, retailers and entertainment companies,” said LakePoint Chief Marketing Officer, Judy Sparks.

LakePoint is on track to be one of the world’s largest and most unique destinations for travel sports. With more than 1,300 acres the complex will feature state-of-the-art sports venues and five million square-feet of amenities including onsite hotels, restaurants, themed retail, bowling, ziplines and water parks.

Ehrhart said he attributes the success of the complex to the people involved in the project.

“Our partners are very hands-on and each of us bring a different expertise to the table,” Ehrhart said. “Everyone involved believes in working hard. Together we make a very strong team and we share a common vision of creating the premier sports vacation destination. And, in those times where we face challenges, I believe we are able to overcome any obstacle because the support of our families and our strong faith in the Lord.”

Sparks said the next phase of construction for the complex will be four additional baseball fields for Perfect Game and the 300,000 square-foot Pavilion Arena, which will house indoor sports, along with the first PowerAde hydration lab.

“LakePoint will have a significant economic impact on the region,” Sparks said. “We are generating with park employment, construction and local business over 700 jobs. The overall economic impact is more than $100 million.”

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