The Arkansas high-school baseball finals are being held on May 20-21, but not at two venues where they maybe belong.
UCA's tiny Bear Stadium -- with a whopping seating capacity of less than 1,000 and an artificial turf that even includes fake dirt -- will host four games in those seven days as players and fans of 14 high schools descend on the Conway campus.
So why aren't the high school baseball finals being played in Dickey-Stephens Park, the best baseball facility in the state that as a bonus is in a prime central location with the highest population?
The Arkansas Activities Association asked. The front office at Dickey-Stephens Park said no thanks.
That's right, after years of the baseball finals being held way up in northwest Arkansas, we finally had a chance to land it thanks to a conflict at both Baum Stadium in Fayetteville and Arvest Ballpark in Springdale... and Dickey-Stephens people TURNED IT DOWN???
It's an insult that the Arkansas Activities Association would even have those two stadiums as preferred sites over Dickey-Stephens in the first place, and the Travelers organization said no thanks when finally offered???
May I remind some that Dickey-Stephens Park was made possible thanks to a generous grant from North Little Rock taxpayers, many of them business owners who would appreciate a return on their investment from the extra revenue generated by all the people coming to town for the games.
Yes, the Arkansas Activities Association (and they are a whole other problem) demands all the gate revenue, but the Travelers organization still could have made money off SEVEN games from concessions even without beer sales.
The high-school baseball finals should be in a showplace of a stadium with a beautiful backdrop of downtown Little Rock on a field with real grass and real dirt where real baseball is played.
So where is the other venue the baseball finals might have worked?
Oh yeah, Ray Winder Field.
-- Travelerocity reporter