City officials, ball players, their parents and league supporters gathered ’round the concessions stand for a dedication ceremony for the new Dome Rock Diamonds ballfield complex Wednesday evening.
During his remarks on the new facility, Mayor Tony Kaufman said the new facility will meet a need in the area, as many youth ballfields in the region tend to be highly utilized.
“We really needed to have this, and sometimes it’s tough to prioritize projects in a community when you have a lot of different needs,” said Kaufman. “But, we saw the need, the vision came together for the funding, and so, we really appreciate the dedication of the staff to make this thing come together.”
The facility has already be the host site for one large tournament since the city took possession of the complex earlier this year, and officials speaking at the event noted the economic impact such tournaments have on Gering, Scottsbluff and surrounding communities.
In addition to the unveiling of a dedication plaque on the concession stand, officials also displayed a special bench dedicated to the memory of Jim Green, a long-time participant in and supporter of youth ball leagues locally and across Nebraska.