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Professional first baseman player Adam LaRoche visits his state-of-the-art baseball complex in Fort Scott

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It's a ball player's dream: a state-of-the art, 500-seat stadium in one's home town.

"It goes back a long way," said Adam LaRoche. "My wife and I always said that if we were ever in a position to put a stadium in Fort Scott, we wanted to do it."

LaRoche and his wife Jennifer now stand on the grounds of their new stadium, which is scheduled to host the fort scott tigers in the 2015 season.

"This started out, I don't know, five or six years ago," said LaRoche. "And really at the time you don't if it's just a pipe dream or if it's something you can pull together and accomplish."

The LaRoches invested a little more than $2 million into the project, which officially began November of last year.

The city of Fort Scott, USD 234 and Bourbon County are supporting the endeavor, investing about $50,000 for sewer and water work, as well as other site preparations.

It's a great deal for Fort Scott, said Dave Martin, city manager. "I mean, the tournaments and things it will bring it.  Adam truly wanted to give back to the community and of course baseball where it's all at."

"It's going to be a destination location when things are up and running," says Kansas Representative Lynn Jenkins. "Folks are going to come from all over the country."

While LaRoche, Congresswoman Jenkins and city officials all hope the baseball field will bolster the economy for Fort Scott, the main goal is to give those passionate about the game, a state-of-the-art place to play ball.

"Growing up here and knowing this area and small towns, you just don't get facilities like this a whole lot," said LaRoche.

The stadium will become a city park once it is completed.  

USD 234 and the city of Fort Scott will then split the maintenance costs.

Laroche and Congresswoman Jenkins are also working together to open a turning lane into the stadium to prepare for heavy event traffic.

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