Grand opening of Art Van Sports Complex

One of the fields at the Art Van Sports Complex in Plainfield Township. (August 1, 2014)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — After years of planning and construction at the new Art Van Sports Complex, it’s time to play ball.

The eight field baseball and softball complex will be the first of its kind in West Michigan.

The complex is expected to attract more than 135,000 visitors and 75 events in its first five years of operation and bring in more than $20 million to Kent County’s economy.

Eight fields are currently completed, including the Miracle Field which was opened at the complex last fall and gives kids who have disabilities a place to play.

The Art Van Sports Complex will host travel teams for both baseball and softball. The first tournament is taking place this weekend with about 250 kids and their families from neighboring states and Canada.

“It’s going to bring visitors in throughout the region and the state and the adjoining states and they’re going to be staying the weekend in our hotels and our restaurants,” said Mike Guswiler with the West Michigan Sports Commission.

An invitation-only grand opening hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission is being held at the complex from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

The project took two years to complete and cost $7.5 million which was funded by public and private donations through its “Everyone Wins” campaign.

The West Michigan Sports Commission is working to raise money for four additional fields. The public can help make that possible by buying a brick.

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