Play Ball! Again in Huron
The ping of aluminum bats, the scuffle of cleats kicking up dust on the infield, the pop of a ball stretching the webbing of a kid’s glove — all can be heard & seen at Fabens Park in Huron this summer!
Fabens Park has joined other sport venues in Lake Erie Shores & Islands to become one of the first in Ohio to allow baseball games to return after months of lying dormant under the coronavirus pandemic quarantine. To date, Fabens Park has hosted the 4th Annual Showcase Baseball Tournament (June 5-7), the Erie County Slam Baseball Tournament (June 12-14), and the Touch ‘Em All Baseball Tournament (June 19-21). Combined these sporting events have produced the following:
- Nearly 220 teams have traveled to Fabens Park from various parts of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania
- Attracted over 6,000 tournament spectators to visit the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region
- Estimated that 53% of the tournament visitors have stayed overnight during these weekends
The City of Huron has gone to bat for teams to make sure precautions are being taken due to COVID-19. Plans and protocols with event organizers, the City of Huron, and Erie County Health Department assured that tournaments are following as closely as possible with the Responsible RestartOhio Baseball/Softball Guidelines. Banners and signs are located throughout the facility to encourage social distancing among players, coaches, and spectators. Fabens Park offers plenty of room for parents to sit on the outskirts of the field to watch games from a distance, while other families still had the opportunity to sit closer to the baseball diamond in small groups.
Fabens Park, which includes 9 baseball/softball fields, will continue to play host to several more large tournaments this summer including:
• Sandlot Smash (June 27-28)
• Duck Pond Classic Baseball Tournament (July 10-12)
• 20th Annual Dawg Daze Softball Tournament (July 31-August 2)
As many businesses and activities in the Shores & Islands region begin to welcome back guests, the health and safety of all who visit, live, and work here is still our top priority. Numerous new cleanliness and wellness policies and procedures have been put into place throughout the region to ensure that our guests not only have a fun and memorable visit, but a safe one. Lake Erie Shores & Islands is staying in continual contact with sporting event venues regarding updates for reopening and future group booking procedures. Please continue to use shoresandislands.com as a resource for planning and research or reach out to Chris Lewis, Sports Tourism Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow/like @ChrisLESISports for Shores & Islands sport updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.