The people who run the concession stands at Prospect Meadows are ordering plenty of extra hot dogs and sports drinks, because the complex will be really hopping in the next month.
Perfect Game will be staging a string of major baseball events at Prospect Meadows from Aug. 30 through Sept. 30, with several hundred teams heading to Eastern Iowa to play ball.
Teams from nine Midwestern states and Canada have enrolled in the tournaments, with clubs coming from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado and Ontario.
Some games in the PG tournaments will be held at other fields in the area, but Prospect Meadows will be serving as the hub during what should be an interesting stretch in the calendar.
The tournaments begin with the Labor Day Classic from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 with divisions for 14U, Freshmen, Sophomores, Underclass and Upperclass teams. There were 55 clubs in those brackets as of Aug. 25.
The Kernels Foundation Championship, which is PG’s marquee event each fall, is slated for Sept. 20-23, with the possibility of 96 teams. The championship game will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium, but Prospect Meadows will see the bulk of the activity.
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference will be hosting their annual fall scrimmages and scout day at Prospect Meadows on September 19th in conjunction with the Kernels Foundation Championship. The ICCAC event is a showcase for colleges and pro scouts.
In addition to all the baseball tournaments, Prospect Meadows expects to host a JK Sports/Perfect Game girls softball tournament on Sept. 7-8 with an excess of 35 teams.