Baseball and Softball Stay in Syracuse at Hopkins Road Park Baseball and Softball Stay in Syracuse at Hopkins Road Park

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Hopkins Road Park is here to stay – for now.

The facility was originally set to be taken over by the Salina Sports Complex – a $25 million project that would  replace the baseball and softball diamonds with soccer and lacrosse fields. But, when the Onondaga County Legislature passed its 2023 Annual Budget, the project was put on hold for at least another year.

Chris Cafalone, the Assistant General Manager at Sports Zone, says there’s some good in the delay.

“Obviously, it would have been a plus, not only to the county but for the Northeast, to have that facility,” Cafalone said. “But with what we do here at Salt City Sports, we’re bringing in more and more outside competition for our baseball and softball tournaments at Hopkins Road.”

A sign welcomes visitors to Hopkins Road Park
Hopkins Road Park currently features five softball fields and a fenced baseball field.
© 2022 Michael O'Connor

Salt City Sports is a subsidiary of Sports Zone, which manages the fields at the park.

Cafalone says he thinks that while the Salina Sports Complex would’ve been impactful, there’s still value in keeping baseball and softball at Hopkins Road Park.

“The financial opportunity of having Hopkins Road for baseball and softball is enormous,” Cafalone said.

For athletes like Connor Smith who simply want to play sports, the postponement meets a crucial need.

“As long as they keep sports in Syracuse I’m happy with that,” Smith said.

Until the Onondaga County Legislature officially re-allocates funds towards the Salina Sports Complex, Hopkins Road Park is here to stay.

For more information on upcoming baseball and softball tournaments at the facility, visit the official Salt City Sports website.

The next tournament at Hopkins Road Park is the Salt City Sports Pumpkin Cup this Saturday.

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