Sports complex adjusts to the pandemic

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) At the Panama City Beach Sports complex, the keyword for management has been “postponement.” General manager, Jamie Cox, says that they are adjusting to the pandemic, but looking to re-open this summer.

No sports are currently happening at the complex during the pandemic, but management is hoping to re-open in the summer. (WJHG/WECP)

“They want to get out and play, but they also want to do it in a safe and timely manner,” Cox said about the families usually filling the park.

Some of the biggest events hosted at the complex are the Grand slam tournaments, and with the pandemic, they’ve been forced to adjust as well.

“It's definitely taking its toll. We have not had any events since early March, and that goes nationwide, so all of our directors have been sitting at home not able to do anything,” said Larry Thompson, owner, and CEO of Grand Slam.

However, Thompson is confident Grand Slam will be hosting tournaments again.

“Grand Slam is going to be fine. It'll be tough just like it is for everyone else, and I feel for everyone else. It's going to be tough, but I feel like we will all be okay and we will all get through this somehow someway,” said Thompson.

As for the complex, they’re hoping to keep up funding with a little help from the government.

“We have applied through our management company for the small business loan and are utilizing our opportunities through the CARES act, so once we get word on that, that should help with the funding from the standpoint of our facility labor and our staffing,” said Cox.

Despite missing much of the spring season, Cox says one positive to having a desolate complex is working on some projects they may not get to otherwise.

“We are repairing a few concrete areas, working on some field maintenance that would be a little bit harder to do when you have events and tournaments operating on a daily basis,” said Cox.

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