Fort Wayne’s World Baseball Academy turned on its new lights for the first time Thursday night.
The fields were renovated in 2017 with artificial surface infields and natural grass outfields. Those were funded by donations from individuals, companies and foundations.
Thursday night, it was time to turn on the lights. $600,000 from the Fort Wayne legacy fund and a 50,000 grant from Steel Dynamics foundation paid for lights on top of all three fields.
“Last year it was beautiful to see both local and out-of-town teams playing on these beautiful fields during daylight hours,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “This year, more games will be played here, thanks to this first-class lighting system. The City of Fort Wayne is proud to be a partner in helping World Baseball Academy create a valuable asset for kids and our community’s quality of life.”
City Council members were also on hand for the lights’ demonstration. They helped get funding for them from Fort Wayne’s Legacy Fund.
“It was great to see these fields become reality,” Councilman Tom Didier said. “The new lights will add to the safety of games played here. This was a great community investment that will keep paying dividends in terms of economic impact and positive activities for youth.
The World Baseball Academy is a Fort Wayne-based not-for-profit that serves more than 4,000 youth annually according to a press release. The new lights can be found on the fields of the ASH Centre athletic campus.