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Panama City Beach Sports Complex prepares for the summer

The Panama City Beach Sports Complex is getting ready to welcome visitors back after being closed for two months. (WJHG/WECP)
The Panama City Beach Sports Complex is getting ready to welcome visitors back after being closed for two months. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 25, 2020 at 7:42 PM CDT
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The Panama City Beach Sports Complex is getting ready for a summer filled with sports, and it all kicks off Tuesday with a trial run with a group called Prep Baseball Report who will be running a high school showcase with some new tools and equipment.

“We’re going to welcome people with open arms. Obviously not truly hugging them, but keeping our distance, and we are going to remind people to remain in groups of ten or less and remain six to eight feet from other groups of ten or less,” said Panama City Beach Sports Complex General Manager, Jamie Cox.

The bleachers will be marked off for the showcase, but this weekend, they will be having dual events of USFA softball and Perfect Game Baseball, each using five of the diamond fields. The cleaning crew at the complex has been given strict instructions to continuously wipe off bleachers, chairs, and other frequently touched surfaces. dugouts will be thoroughly cleaned between games along with railings that players tend to lean on during games.

“We are excited that the day has finally come where we can implement these new policies and guidelines, which is what they are. People are coming out here. They need to be respectful of others and understand that people still want to remain a safe distance,” said Cox.

Cox also emphasized just how important a role vacation rentals made in the reopening of the complex.

“We knew that we were the next step to go, so we were very excited. We are glad that youth sports are back up. I know a lot of kids and a lot of families are ready to get back on the ball field,” said Cox.

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