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Virginia Sports Complex closing
The Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther Glen will cease operations as of Monday.
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Date published: 9/11/2010
For six years now, the Virginia Sports Complex in Caroline County has been host to more than 200 baseball tournaments.
Between March and November of each year since 2004, more than 150,000 baseball fans cheered and booed from the stands.
After this weekend, when the facility hosts its last baseball tournament, those stands will be empty--and it is unclear for how long.
Owners John Henry Attkisson and Greg Haley, both from Hanover County, announced this week that the complex will close on Monday.
A statement posted on the company's website Wednesday stated: "It is with a great deal of sadness that we find it necessary to close the Virginia Sports Complex effective Sept. 13, 2010. All scheduled tournaments, events and activities have been cancelled and all deposits collected will be refunded in full."
Attkisson cited the economy as part of the reason for closing.
"The decision to close was a very difficult one," he said in an e-mail yesterday. "Our dream was for as many children as possible to experience playing on professionally built and maintained fields, fields that most children would rarely have the opportunity to play on."
Attkisson said they will continue to maintain the property, which sits on 113 acres of land off U.S. 1 in Ruther Glen. It has eight baseball fields and an indoor facility that has eight batting cages, four volleyball courts, two basketball courts and other areas that could be rented for private events.
He said there are no immediate plans to sell the site, but they are considering their options.
Director of Operations Phillip Cobb said that 700 baseball teams, with players ranging in age from 8 to 18, have played at the complex every year. He said tournaments were successful and always full.
Cobb also said that the huge sports complex that was opened in Virginia Beach earlier this week by John Wack, who also built the Fredericksburg Field House in Spotsylvania County, had no effect on the decision to close. Nor did the proposed soccer complex that is planned for the New Post area of Spotsylvania.
The closing of the sports complex could also have an impact on jobs and tourism in the county.