Dozens of people helped warm up the field Thursday night at the TBK Sports Complex.
The Bettendorf facility is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
The sports complex teamed up with 97X for their Home Run Derby.
For many, it was their first look at the facility that spans 75 acres.
“I think it looks great. Super excited that it’s here in the Quad Cities and really looking forward to being here on the weekend and watching the boys play baseball,” says Darcy McCaw who lives in Bettendorf.
And for little players, they say the big field makes them feel like pros.
“I was super excited,” says Mason McCaw.
“I was really surprised, I never thought it would be like, this big,” says Gavin Kettmann.
“I was like really pumped,” says Gabe Russman.
Jared Mcintosh says he never had anything like this growing up in the Quad Cities.
But with a baby on the way, he sees several home runs here in his future.
“I thought there was potential for it, but then you know obviously putting in actually the plan and man hours and seeing it come to fruition is pretty nice,” Mcintosh says.
The grounds officially get initiated this weekend with a youth baseball tournament.