LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Businesses around Lake of the Ozarks will be reaching out to thousands of new visitors as they scoop up advertising opportunities at Ballparks of the Ozarks.

Among the first to join the BPO team are Lake Regional Health System, Sugarloaf Vineyard, Big Surf Waterpark, Duggan Companies including Captain Ron’s, Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, Tan-Tar-A Family Resort and Poly Lift. Display advertising at the park will be seen by an estimated 1,500 families a week, many of them visiting the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time. Full seasons at BPO will stretch across 170 days of baseball.

BPO CEO Jeff Vernetti says the response from the Lake business community has been gratifying. “It is exciting to see the enthusiasm that so many have shown in teaming up with the ballpark,” Vernetti said. “These fine businesses and facilities are the first of many we will be partnering with going forward. We will help promote their world-class services to our visitors for years to come.”

Barb and Ward Morris, Sugarloaf owners, know first hand the kind of excitement a ballpark will generate. “We’ve attended many tournaments with our own children and grandchildren,” Barb Ward said. “Our partnering with BPO to provide experiences like kayaking excursions, food and wine for the players and their families will give visitors the opportunity to have fun and go home to tell others about their great time at Lake of the Ozarks.” Darin Keim, Big Surf general manager, echoed that sentiment. “The ballpark will be a huge community asset and help us stay on top of an ever-changing tourism market,” Keim said.

Duggan Companies president Ron Duggan is excited about the ballpark project. “We look forward to the thousands of people who will share the experience of the finest baseball fields in the Midwest,” Duggan said. “We look forward to a long relationship and serving the baseball fans who visit our establishments.” Baxter’s owner Ted Geiger says he is proud to join the ballpark project. “This will bring thousands of first-time visitors to see all Lake of the Ozarks has to offer,” Geiger said.

Tom Williams, vice president of Community Development at Lake Regional says the ballpark will be a huge boost for the lake community. “This facility will bring significant numbers of visitors and provide an excellent activity for young athletes while boosting the local economy.” Poly Lift owner Mark Maasen agrees about the importance of the park for young people. “Our children are our future,” Maasen said. “We are thrilled to partner with an organization that promotes sportsmanship and team play in young people’s lives.”

Ballpark of the Ozarks is located on more than two hundred acres adjacent to Highway 54 just west of Camdenton. The state-of-the-art facility will host baseball tournaments for teams of players ages 8-14. Support facilities in the first phase of the project will include batting cages, concessions, a full-service bar, and one-of-a-kind seating. The park will draw players and their families from around the nation.

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