Increasingly, tournament organizers are embracing the idea that replica stadiums can provide a highly satisfactory experience to players, while also reducing organizational headaches. Big League Dreams currently leads the industry with over 11 profit-producing ballparks in major urban centers in California, Texas, and Arizona. Smaller versions of famous parks, such as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium, these replicas allow adults and children to experience what it’s like to play in a world-class facility, but on a smaller scale. Indoor soccer facilities are also available, and retractable domes are now an option for cities in cold weather areas.
Each Big League Dreams park offers snack bars, stadium seating, batting cages, a playground, and at least one restaurant. Sporting leagues can schedule tournaments a year in advance, and the facilities are available for company softball games, birthday parties, and even weddings. Participating cities have been earning an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 per year, while also attracting additional investment from hoteliers and sporting retailers.