BIG LITTLE: The Little League International Central Regional Headquarters is expected to include fields, clubhouses and a broadcast booth for ESPN Family of Networks for coverage of the Great Lakes and Midwest Region tournaments that will debut in Whitestown in 2020. Staff photo by Gus Pearcy
BIG LITTLE: The Little League International Central Regional Headquarters is expected to include fields, clubhouses and a broadcast booth for ESPN Family of Networks for coverage of the Great Lakes and Midwest Region tournaments that will debut in Whitestown in 2020. Staff photo by Gus Pearcy
Later this spring will be the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Little League Central Regional Headquarters near 7060 S. Indianapolis Road. By the summer of 2020, Little League International will be holding the regional funnel to the World Series here, bringing up to $10 million in revenue to Whitestown.

Thursday morning, the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau presented Little League International officials with a $25,000 check to help with construction and pledged to grant the organization $10,000 a year for advertising and billboards.

“Our board looked at it and said this is a thing we can get behind because it’s going to bring people here,” Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau board president Steve Jacob said about the grant. “All the people who come here to watch the games, they own businesses, and they may bring conventions here. So it was a no-brainer to us.” 

Jacob added that there could be more grant money available to the league if they needed it. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded through the innkeeper’s tax of 5 percent levied on each hotel room rate. Currently, Boone County has an inventory of about 575 rooms. However, there are three more hotels scheduled for the county.

“We are incredibly thankful to the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau for this support and to the entire community for their efforts in bringing our Central Region Headquarters home to Whitestown,” David B. Houseknecht, Little League senior vice president of administration and chief financial officer, said via a press release from Whitestown. “We are looking forward to breaking ground on this great location this spring and are excited for the countless opportunities this location is going to bring to this community and to our entire Central Region.”

Houseknecht added that the organization will “start moving dirt" in June. 

Little League has plans for more than 10,000 square feet and at least two fields. The facility will also host the Little League Baseball Great Lakes and Midwest Region Tournaments and the Little League Softball Central Region Tournament each year.

Broadcasting facilities will be built on the site and all Central Region Tournament games are scheduled to broadcast from Whitestown on the ESPN Family of Networks.

An adjacent five-acre plot is the site for a new fire headquarters.

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