Perfect Game plans to build 16 new turf baseball and softball fields with seating and amenities on 80 acres northeast of RM 1431 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, according to the city. Regional and national tournaments will be hosted at the future complex.
The project is expected to break ground in June 2022 and open in March 2024.
Cedar Park City Council approved three economic development and land agreements Sept. 23. for the project, called Project Closer. The complex is expected to generate $20 million in revenue over 10 years from lease payments, sales tax and hotel occupancy tax, according to the city.
Perfect Game hosts amateur baseball events, travel team tournaments and individual showcase events across the country, according to the city. The company will invest at least $4 million into its new headquarters facility and create 40 full-time jobs. The current headquarters is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Perfect Game President Jerry Ford said in a city release that Cedar Park was the company's top choice to relocate.
“We believe that Cedar Park's leadership shares our vision and goals for not only the games of baseball and softball, but the community as well,” Ford said in the release. “This project will benefit the community through the large local economic impact Perfect Game delivers by hosting best-in-class tournaments and related activities that attract hundreds of thousands of families from across the United States.”
The project will also include 30 acres of commercial development along Ronald Reagan Boulevard. This will include "restaurants, retail locations and hotels to support and serve local residents as well as the many families traveling from across the country," according to a city release.
Cedar Park City Council unanimously approved three agreements for the project Sept. 23 with PG Cedar Park Group LLC, a partnership between Perfect Game and Austin-based developer Austin Capital Partners. The agreements include:
- an economic development performance agreement between the Community Development (Type B) Sales Tax Corp. and PG Cedar Park Group LLC
- a partial assignment and declaration of restrictions of the purchase and sale agreement for a land acquisition by the Community Development (Type B) Sales Tax Corp. to PG Cedar Park Group LLC
- an economic development performance agreement between the Economic Development Sales Tax (Type A) Corp. and PG Cedar Park Group
The city and the community development (Type B) board purchased about 112 acres of land owned by the Krienke family for the project in June, but the purpose of the purchase was not shared at the time.
The Type B agreement assigns about 30 acres of land to PG Cedar Park for commercial development. The city and the company will have a lease-to-own agreement for about 80 acres. The Type A agreement will include a $200,000 economic development grant for the creation of 40 jobs with an average salary of $65,000.
"I think we hit it out of the park," Council Member Mel Kirkland said. "I'm really looking forward to this."
Perfect Game had previously announced it would build an $800 million mixed-use development in Hutto. Issues and lawsuits arose between the city and the project's former developer in 2019. A different developer was named in Sept. 2019. At the time, the facility was expected to open for Memorial Day 2021.