On Saturday Wrocław Barons baseball team will play their first home game at their new field in the village of Zakrzów, located on the outskirts of Wrocław.
Following 15 years of attempts to attract funding for a new ball park, the Wrocław Barons Baseball Club were able to make their dreams become a reality when they recieved 12,000 votes for the project in an edition of Wrocław's civil budget programme.
The complex is equipped with 2 batting cages and 2 bullpens on each side, as well as an electronical score board.
The completion of the project is seen as a massive moment for baseball in Wrocław and the surrounding area, as the city had never had the facilities to compete prior to the construction of the new field. Now the Wrocław Barons can look forward to performing in the Polish baseball championship on their own turf.
The team's first opportunity to play on the field in a competitive game is this Saturday lunchtime, when Polish champions KS Silesia Rybnik come to town.
Wrocław Barons are calling the game "a historic moment for thousands of Wrocław residents who sympathize and support the activities of Wrocław's baseball and softball community."
For the benefit of the locals not familiar with baseball, leaflets will be handed out with the rules of the sport. Live commentary of the game will also be broadcast over the complex's soundsystem.
The opening ceremony gets underway at 11am, with the game starting an hour later.
Throughout the day both children and adults will be able to try their hand at either baseball or softball at special zones within the complex. There will also be a number of competitions and giveaways.
The address of the Wrocław's Barons baseball field is ul.Niepodległości 6 – you can easily get there by taking bus number 128 and getting off at the last stop (Zakrzów).