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Elizabethtown Sports Park helping local economy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the sound of summer and America's pastime.

Kids are hitting the field for baseball tournaments at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

Last week, a national baseball tournament was taking place at the park.

“Playing kids from Texas and Wisconsin and Chicago, teams that we never have played,” said Sheila Abbott, a parent from the Cincinnati area.

“We host four weeks of the nationals in the summertime, and throughout the rest of the year we have a lot of regional and more local type of tournaments,” said James Bergdoll, the park manager.

The facility opened in July of 2012.

It includes 12 baseball fields, as well as multisport fields for soccer and lacrosse.

You can play football on two synthetic turf fields. The facility also plays host to a high school cross country event.

“This is by far the nicest complex that we've been to,” said Tim Mitchelson, a parent from Michigan.

For those stopping by from other states, it's also a chance to visit local attractions.

“Some of the boys yesterday went to the Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Kingdom, we went underground ziplining at the Mega Cavern,” said Sheila Abbott.

“We went to Bardstown. We've had different groups of people go different places,” said Tim Mitchelson.

Park officials say the facility is bringing in teams from across the country, giving Hardin County's economy a boost, as well as the local area.

“They had an economic impact study after our first full year of opening and they estimated between $11 and $14 million in economic impact for the area,” said Bergdoll.

It's a state-of-the art facility that they say can't be beat in Kentucky.

“It's just a unique experience that they're probably not going to get anywhere else,” said Bergdoll.

The sports park cost $29 million to build and takes up 160 acres.

For more information on the Elizabethtown Sports Park, click here.

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