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Miracle Field Opening Day
April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Opening Day for the spring baseball season of Kingsport’s Miracle League will be this Saturday (April 23) at 10 a.m. at the Miracle Complex at Brickyard Park.
The season runs until June 25 with games held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games typically run two to three innings or about an hour in length. Jerseys are provided at no cost and there is no fee to participate in the league.
“There’s never been an entry fee or charge for anything. That’s the way we want it to be,” said Visit Kingsport Executive Director Jud Teague, who spearheaded the Miracle Complex project.
Kingsport’s Miracle League is for special needs children and young adults who wish to play our nation’s pastime. The games are played at Kingsport’s Miracle Complex (2017 Brickyard Park Drive).
The complex has a baseball field about a third of the size of a normal field, and instead of grass or artificial turf, it has a flat, rubberized surface. The mound and all of the bases are flush so wheelchair users and amputees can travel over the surface more easily and safely.
Kingsport’s Miracle League has two co-ed divisions: ages 18 and up and ages 17 and under – and the season runs concurrently with the city’s other youth baseball leagues. The city will be accepting new players on opening day: ages 17 and under can register at 10 a.m.; ages 18 and up at noon.
During the 2021 season, more than 125 kids and young adults participated in the Miracle League. This year, approximately 140 have registered to play.
“That’s a good number of players to have, but we believe there may be more people in our region who are interested in playing,” said Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation Manager Kitty Frazier. “We’re encouraging them to come out on opening day and see how unique and great our facility is.”
Kingsport’s Miracle Complex received a Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association award for outstanding new facility and the Mark Miller Tennessee Public Works Project of the Year Award in 2021.
The complex includes the Miracle Field, a pavilion and an all-accessible playground. Future additions being planned for the complex include a soccer field, pedal park and zip lines.
About Kingsport Parks and Recreation
Kingsport Parks and Recreation is improving quality of life by offering essential services and recreation opportunities for the community of the City of Kingsport. They provide facilities, programs and recreational experiences that are available to residents and visitors. Kingsport Parks and Recreation makes sure community members have places to play, get fit and stay healthy, as well as opportunities to foster new relationships and forge a connection with nature.
About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 55,400) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,650-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”