OKLAHOMA CITY — Following the city of Roswell’s efforts to provide much needed upgrades to their softball facility, the Charlie McVay Complex in Roswell, N.M., has been selected as the 2013 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Complex of the Year presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc., ASA/USA Softball announced today. In addition to receiving the award at ASA’s 82nd National Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Charlie McVay Complex (1500 N. Grand) will also receive approximately $2,000 in field maintenance products from Stabilizer Solutions.
“It is our pleasure to accept the ASA Complex of the Year Award,” said Juan Oropesa, member of the Parks and Recreation Committee for Roswell. “It is a tremendous honor to have been nominated and selected to receive the award. We cannot thank ASA enough for such an acknowledgement. The City of Roswell is very proud of the investment made on behalf of our youth. We extend our appreciation to ASA and in particular, Alice Cox, for helping us showcase our facility with a free tournament in June 21 – 23. We thank ASA and their staff for their consideration.”
Previous award winners include the Botetourt Sports Complex in Botetourt County, Va. in 2012, the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. in 2011, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas, in 2010, Heritage Park Softball Complex in St. Joseph, Mo., in 2009, Twin Creeks Softball Complex in Woodstock, Ga., in 2008 and Freedom Ridge Park Complex in Ridgeland, Miss., in 2007. The Field of Dreams Complex in Las Cruces, N.M., won the inaugural 2006 award.
“The New Mexico ASA is very excited to have the Charlie McVay Complex as the 2013 Complex of the year,” said retiring New Mexico ASA Commissioner Alice Cox. “The New Mexico ASA was honored to get to be part of the dedication of this new complex in the name of Mr. McVay. The City of Roswell understood the importance of having a top notch facility for girls softball to come and play tournaments.”
Previously known as “Wool Bowl Softball Complex”, the facility was completely torn down and built from the bottom up to provide a first-class facility for softball athletes. In addition to new sod and dirt on each field, new irrigation systems, fencing, concession stands, dugouts and restrooms were added during the overhaul. The complex also received brand new lights and scoreboards for each field. The New Mexico ASA hosted an opening ceremony tournament June 21-23 at the renovated complex, in which 34 teams participated. At the conclusion of the tournament, the fields were closed down for the remainder of the year to allow relief for the newly minted sod on the fields.
“We couldn’t think of a better recipient for this year’s Complex of the Year,” said Jon Hubbs, President of Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. “The fact that the city of Roswell went through such great measures to ensure a quality experience for their softball teams is outstanding. For them to completely rebuild their complex speaks numbers about the type of programs they want to provide. Congratulations on a well deserved award!”
Dedicated in memory of Charlie McVay, a former ASA coach, the city has taken great steps to ensure the longevity of youth softball in the Roswell area. The complex sits on five acres of land and includes four fields that are used strictly for softball. The complex features a central, air-conditioned, two-story command center, which hosts the concession stands, restrooms and scorekeeping tower. The tower also features a deck for the Umpire-in-Chief (UIC), Tournament Director or other tournament officials to view games on all the fields. A lift is also installed in the command center, providing access to all levels for those who cannot climb the stairs.