Wesley Barrow Stadium Now Open in Pontchartrain Park
The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans' Pontchartrain Park officially reopened on Friday, November 16, 2012 following a $6.5 million renovation project by MLB and the city after the original stadium was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
It includes stands with 600 spectator seats, 3 fields, indoor batting cages, a t-ball field, and softball field.The academy will provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, SAT prep courses and other educational services for youth from underserved and urban communities throughout southern Louisiana.
The New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy will offer a positive and unique learning environment as it provides young people throughout southern Louisiana with a wealth of opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge on and off the field," MLB executive vice president of baseball development Frank Robinson said. "This state-of-the-art facility will be a benefit to the local community and beyond, and will be a significant component of our effort of giving underserved and urban youth the chance to play baseball and softball. We have been honored to work with the City of New Orleans and contribute to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort by making this dream facility at Wesley Barrow Stadium a reality." Read more