Story of the Week: Panama City Beach Sports Complex Reopens with a Full Calendar


Amid all the concerns and mandates from state and local governments due to COVID-19, many of the SFM Network venues are reopening to host events and operate with guidelines to keep everyone safe. Among the reopened venues is Panama City Beach Sports Complex. Following the reversal of the State mandated closure of sports facilities in Florida due to Covid-19 pandemic, the 200-acre complex reopened its doors to the public on May 30th.

“The health and safety of our team, our guests and our community has always been our top priority” said Marketing Manager, Michael Booini. “With that in mind, we have initiated multiple new safety measures and precautions around the complex” said Michael. These measures include continual sanitizing of high-touch areas, social-distancing floor markings and signage and multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.

Following weeks of closure, the Panama City Beach CVB, in partnership with the Sports Complex hosted 2 youth tournaments for the relaunch.

Perfect Game Baseball hosted their Deep South Surf’s Up Championship, with 50 teams total, representing the 12U, 13U and 14U age groups. In addition, USFA Softball held their Straight Outta Quarantine event, with 50 youth softball teams playing on the turf fields.

Following the success of these initial events and enormous enthusiasm from players, coaches and parents, the Sports Complex continued adding new events to the calendar.

One of those events, was a three week-long stretch of youth baseball, hosted by Grand Slam Sports Tournaments. Grand Slam kicked off their Summer program in Panama City Beach, Florida with their World Series of Baseball. World Series 1, 2 and 3 each lasting a week and running in consecutive weeks.

During the first week of the Grand Slam baseball tournament trilogy, 40 different baseball teams from all over the Southeast took part. Of those, two were local teams from Bay County. The Bay County Bandits (13U), and the Bay County Cubs (12U).

Courtney Mims Sports Director for WMBB-TV stopped by to interview some of the players and catch the action. “We’re always excited to include local teams and players on our Sportscast” said Courtney. “There are so many talented young athletes in our area. We’re proud to be able to encourage and showcase them in a World-class facility that’s right here on our doorstep.”

“I like playing on these fields because you get the nice bounces, there’s no rocks to hit it, it comes fast. You get good hits on this field that’s all I can say,” Bay County Bandits baseball player Alexander Conjar said.

The Bay County Cubs, had a strong start, ending right at the top of their age bracket on the first day of play. “They are trying to beat us cause it’s our hometown,” Bay County Cubs baseball player Talan Moore said.

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