Hamilton, NJ… Babe Ruth League, Inc. International Headquarters is pleased to announce that the Cal Ripken World Series is returning to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, who will play host to the Cal Ripken 10- Year-Old World Series in 2020 and 2021, and the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in 2021.
The City of Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County has made a major commitment to upgrade all youth sports facilities, including two new baseball fields, a batting and pitching practice area and a covered practice area that will be primarily used by the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association, who oversees the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken leagues. These funds will also be used to add more effective shade structures over all the bleachers and create a permanent scoring structure around the concession stands.
“Palm Beach Gardens did a great job hosting the 2016 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series,” said Babe Ruth League Vice President Robert Faherty. “Combine this success with the financial commitment the city has made to its youth, and you have the perfect setting for our managers, coaches, players, as well as their families and fans, to enjoy a big-league experience. Palm Beach Gardens is the ideal venue for our World Series.”
“Palm Beach Gardens is a small town rooted in family values, especially youth sports,” said Tony Badala, President for the Palm Beach Gardens Cal Ripken League. “We realize that it takes more than a ballpark to bring a Babe Ruth World Series to town. We have the support of the City Council, City Staff, County Commissioners, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, as well as the entire community. These events will be placed on center stage to provide the participants with a competitive, memorable and cultural experience that will exceed everyone’s expectations.”
As the host community, the Palm Beach Gardens Cal Ripken League will select its own squads to compete in these events, which will also include participation by regional champions and invitational teams.
The World Series serves as gateway experiences for many first-time visitors, inspiring large numbers to make plans for subsequent trips and vacations to the area and region. Area hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping outlets, gas stations, entertainment venues and other local business will experience direct spending from attendees.