Despite the tucked away location, Jen Colvin has observed a constant flow of people drive by her office at the new Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters.
Curious visitors with tags from across Georgia, and even other states, drive by to see the biggest structure located on Snellgrove Drive: Little League’s new stadium.
“You’ll actually see people get out of their car with their cameras,” said Colvin, the Southeastern Region director. “All times of day, every day of the week.”
Everyone will have that opportunity Saturday, when a dedication of the new $5.5 million Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the complex, located off Cohen Walker Drive.
Stephen Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League International, and Dennis Lewin, chairman of the group’s board of directors, will be there to celebrate the opening.
“It is a family event,” said Morgan Law, executive director of the Houston County Development Authority, which is involved in planning the ceremony. Little League players are invited to wear their uniforms, he said.
There will be music provided by The Do Overs, a band made up of Harvest Church musicians, and food — hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by the Robins Top 3 Association as a fundraiser.
The headquarters moved to Warner Robins from Gulfport, Fla. Warner Robins, home to the 2007 baseball and 2009 softball Little League World Champions, beat out 17 other cities for the headquarters.
The roughly 26-acre complex includes a 10,450-square-foot administration building and 2,500-seat stadium with hillside seating that has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 total fans. There also are concession stands, a retail building and a maintenance structure.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Colvin said of the stadium, which is to be named Little League Southeast Park. “To remember what it was a year ago and see what it is now, the transformation is just amazing.”
A few finishing touches still need to be completed, she said.
“We’re 97, 98 percent there,” Colvin said.
The facility will play host to the Southeastern Region softball and baseball tournaments July 28-Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-13, respectively. The tournaments are expected to bring 8,000 attendees and more than $1.7 million to the area, according to local officials.
Also expected to attend Saturday’s events are Gov. Sonny Perdue; Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, commander of the Air Force Reserve Command based at Robins Air Force Base; and Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.
Retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks — a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who led the U.S. invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein — also will attend. Franks threw the ceremonial first pitch for the U.S. Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa., during the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series.
The event will wrap up with ceremonial pitches.
Information from The Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.