Challenger Little League Bids Farewell to Old Pitches with Promise of New $ 6.7 Million Spot | Local News
The ball field complex is part of an ongoing redevelopment of the grounds in and around the Extraco Events Center, partially funded by a venue tax that county voters approved to be added to the accommodation and car rental. The county has already used tax receipts from the site to build a multi-purpose facility called Base, and it has arranged to relocate Paul Tyson Field from the Waco Independent School District to accommodate the expansion of the Extraco Events Center.
The new Tyson, funded in part by tourist tax, is well under way, but the planned bullet field project between the US Army recruiting center and North 44th Street is taking longer. The city will remove the road that now crosses the lane and create a new entrance on Trice Avenue for the Cobbs Recycling Center.
Michelle McCollum, who has volunteered with the Challenger Little League since helping to launch it in 1990, said the upgrade and expansion are welcome, especially given the league’s growth.
Before the pandemic, the league in 2019 had grown to 15 teams with 224 players aged 4 to adulthood. The league was dormant in 2020 due to COVID-19, and some players opted out of the 2021 season due to health concerns, leaving just 14 teams.
“It’s always amazing,” McCollum said.
She expects the numbers to rebound quickly.