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Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point

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By Doug Kish, MA

Imagine an outdoor sports park for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse games on professional-level synthetic turf fields located adjacent to beautiful Lake Erie. Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center is currently under construction just miles down the road and across the bay from Cedar Point on Cleveland Road.

    Scheduled to open for tournament play in March of 2017, this premier youth sports facility will have the ability to host all levels of baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse games and has already generated much interest resulting in bookings and partnerships with noted organizations such as U.S. Lacrosse and more. A new partnership between Sports Force Parks and Central Alliance Soccer Association (CASA) will allow the complex to extend its season by nearly two months, adding events in March and November. The CASA network includes teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York participating in various leagues.
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    “We’re extremely pleased with the progress of Sports Force Parks and its initial reception thus far,” said Brian Storm, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Sports Force, Inc. “We are excited about our partnership with Cedar Point and the local community, and look forward to the opportunity to create a world-class tournament experience for teams and their families. The intense interest in the project is all positive not only for Sandusky, but for the entire state of Ohio and the surrounding areas.”
    Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center will consist of nine multi-purpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, eight NCAA regulation soccer, one championship baseball and softball stadium, and one ADA-accessible community-use field, as well as sport-specific training areas. It will also feature miniature golf, ropes courses, trampoline structures, and dining options.
    The family recreational activity area will include an 18-hole miniature golf course, trampolines, a ropes course towering more than 25 feet into the air, and a lawn area for cornhole games or outdoor movies. There will be a Pro Shop and Photography Center where visitors can purchase tournament merchandise, equipment or professional photos taken during games. The Promenade area will feature Subway sandwiches and park merchandise located near an expansive playground area.
    Cedar Point and parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, are committed to community development and the youth sports space. This new facility has been made possible by collaboration with The Sports Force, local businesses, governments, community leaders and tourism organizations and is Cedar Fair’s first major foray into the youth sports tourism industry. “When we think about how we can impact the communities we serve, family fun is what we do best,” said Jason McClure, Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point. “We know that time is valuable to busy families participating in so many activities. If we can combine their sporting events with a few days at Cedar Point and our other parks, they’ll be able to spend more time together and our communities will benefit immensely.”
    A second phase of construction in the area will include the introduction of a new Erie Metroparks experience, as well as development of the land at the waterfront with biking trails, scenic spaces to relax and unparalleled views of Lake Erie and Cedar Point in the distance.
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    An additional benefit for teams that participate in tournaments at Sports Force Parks will be free admission to Cedar Point, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World®, and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark during the length of their events. Family members who visit to support teams and watch tournaments will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Special rates and ticket packages are also available for tournament families at the Cedar Point Resorts hotel properties.
    Construction of the Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center is nearing completion and they are accepting reservations for 2017 tournaments at this time. There are discounts available for teams that sign up for weeklong tournaments by July 15. For more information or to schedule a tournament or multi-day visit, consult their website at sportsforceparkssandusky.com or contact them at 844-737-2757.