Bridgeport Recreation Complex Schedule Released; Tourneys Returning and New Events Scheduled

By Julie Perine on February 09, 2018 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Just released is the 2018 schedule for Bridgeport Recreation Complex with first activities just more than a month away.
 
From lots of baseball action to holiday activities and fundraiser walks/runs, it is a jam-packed spring and summer schedule, said Director of Parks and Recreation Don Burton.
 
Again this year, Fairmont State University is utilizing the Bridgeport facility for Fighting Falcon baseball action. The first game in Bridgeport is March 24 as FSU takes on West Virginia State in a double header; game times at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Game action continues March 25 as the Falcons play the University of Charleston. Game times are the same.
 
“Fairmont State has used the Rec Complex as its home field since 2014,” Burton said. “It’s a really good selling point when they bring in baseball recruits and show them their home field. That’s a big plus.”
 
In addition to Bridgeport Little League and the league’s Challenger Division – opening days April 8 and April 12, respectively – the Bridgeport fields will also be the site of the April 13-14 McDonalds Classic, the May 25-27 Bridgeport Bracket Bash, the June 8-10 BW3 Sizzling Hot Summer Classic, the June 22-24 Chenoweth Tournament of Champions, the July 6-8 Showdown in the Mountains, the July 13-15 Mid-Atlantic Tournament, the July 20-22 Dynamic Baseball Tournament and the Seventh Battle of the Bats, slated for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-2.
 
Some tournaments are returning; others taking place for the first time. Some returning events, such as the Tournament Time Bracket Bash, has been held at the facility since it was first opened in 2012.
 
“Battle of the Bats is in its seventh year and, of course, the high school jayvee challenge has been there probably for six years,” Burton said.
 
“These tournaments continue to come back. We always get positive feedback; great compliments about the facility and how the crew takes such good care of the grounds.”
 
Burton explained how a travel team out of the Pittsburgh area had played at a tournament here in Bridgeport and was so pleased with the tournament and the facility that the team’s league – Dynamic Baseball – got in touch with him and scheduled its own tournament at the facility.
 
That feedback and word of mouth are instrumental in scheduling as very little marketing/advertising is done for the facility, Burton said.
 
The larger tournaments bring lots of people to the city and therefore create a positive economic impact.
 
“All those tournaments bring in a lot of teams. We get teams from Pennsylvania, Maryland and occasionally, Ohio and surrounding states,” Burton said.
 
The Rec Complex will also be home to the Center Branch Church Easter Egg Drop, scheduled for March 15. That event is expected to bring in 1,500 to 2,000 children for holiday fun, Burton said.
 
The complex will also host a trio of fundraisers, beginning with the April 28 Johnson Elementary Color Run.
 
As the season wraps up, the Charles Point Indian Run and Webster Insurance Diabetes Walk will take place at Bridgeport Recreation Complex. Those events are scheduled for Sept. 15 and Sept. 29.
 
Burton said he is very pleased with this year’s schedule. There are just a few weekend slots available, he said.
“But those weekends are late in the summer and people try to get in last-minute vacations at that time so it doesn’t surprise me,” he said.
 
Bridgeport Parks and Recreation can be reached by calling 304-842-8240. 



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