Ripken plans get approval in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A major new sports complex is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge has been given approval of the overall site plan by the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission. Pigeon Forge City Commission voted in December to entered into negotiations with the Cal Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge.

The park would feature seven fields with room to grow and be owned by the city. The city has already bought land off Teaster Lane where the baseball experience would be built.

The Ripken Experience already runs facilities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Aberdeen, Maryland. Mayor David Wear says the company is excited about opportunities in Tennessee and believes Pigeon Forge is a perfect fit for them.

Officials believe it could bring in another $38.5 million a year for the area.

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