The Exponent Telegram
Thursday, April 12, 2012
– More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s grand opening of the
$7.4 million Charles Pointe Recreation Complex.
West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck will
give a brief presentation. The ceremony
is set for 1 p.m.
“Developing sports fields for local residents is always
important for a variety of different sports,” Luck said. “I think it is real positive. And the Bridgeport
complex will be so nice it will be an economic benefit for the city to host
teams from outside the county and the state.”
The facility currently has a wagon-wheel style layout of two
baseball and two softball fields with a concession stand in the middle of the
Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie believes hundreds of people
from throughout the area will want to see the new complex.”
“Assuming good weather, I’m predicting 1,000-1,500 people
since the opening day for Little League follows our grand opening,” Christie
Because of the overflow crowd, the city will offer shuttle
rides from the North
from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Gates will
open at 11:30 a.m. and concessions will be available beginning at noon.
“I encourage people from all over the county to come early,
park at the airport and ride the shuttle because of parking,” Christie said.
Bridgeport City Manager Kim Haws said the recreation complex
represents the largest one-time project the city of Bridgeport has ever done.
“It represents the council’s commitment to improving and
sustaining the quality of life Bridgeporters have come to appreciate and
expect,” he said. “It provides a sports atmosphere unparalleled in the state of
Christie agrees that it is one of the largest city projects
”This is something
we’ve been working on for about three to four years. It was a very ambitious project and something
that’s been needed for a long time by the community,” he said. “It provides opportunities that we have just
not had in the past.”
Besides additional fields for the kids to practice, there
will be the economic opportunity of attracting travel teams in the spring,
summer and fall, Christie said.
“That will bring people here for several days and create
economic opportunity that today does not exist,” he said. “Other local teams are talking to us about
playing there. It’s going to be
available to people throughout the county.”
WVU’s Luck also will be on hand to throw out the opening
pitch for the Little League opening day ceremony to begin there at 1:30 p.m.
Past and present Bridgeport
council members, Harrison
County commissioners as
well as other state and local dignitaries are expected to attend.
Jamie Corton, managing partner of Genesis Partners, master
developer of Charles Pointe, commended everyone who worked hand-in-hand to get
tot this point.
“I want to thank the state of West
Virginia, Harrison County and the city of Bridgeport for all coming together to make this
recreational complex happen. Because
through working together, we were all able to achieve this great facility,”