The City of York teamed with Alfred Benesch & Company to design and build a state-of-the-art baseball/softball facility that, in its first season, hosted more than 1,100 games including tournaments for 13 weeks straight. Local businesses reported increased revenue from 5% to 20% since its opening in March 2017. As part of its comprehensive design services, Benesch assisted the city in overall planning beyond the two pinwheel layout for eight ballfields.
The York Ballpark Complex consists of 8 fields (1 baseball, 7 multipurpose), 2 concession stands, 2 press boxes and restrooms for each set of fields, team warm up areas and batting cages. Other integrated features are lighting, scoreboards, lights, drainage, maintenance buildings and player/fan amenities including concessions, picnic areas, a play structure and parking. The City opted to lower the cost of the project by revising the original bid of $7.7 million to $7.35 million. Benesch delivered at a final construction cost of $7.29 million. Officials with the City of York and York Public Schools expect the complex to be a great resource not just for their own youth, but also for young athletes across the Midwest who will be drawn in by the numerous baseball and softball tournaments held there.