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MLB Fort Bragg Game

In March 2016 it was announced that Major League Baseball would build a 12,500-capacity ballpark at Fort Bragg — America’s largest military installation. A mere four months later, the opening pitch was thrown at the first professional regular season game ever played on an active military base. On July 3, 2016, US military servicemen and servicewomen packed the stands to witness an historic match-up between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.

BaAM Productions produced the MLB Fort Bragg Game for Major League Baseball and assembled an expert team  including Murray Cook and the team at BrightView, sports architect Populous, and a dedicated group of event professionals  to provide overall project management, venue design, construction management, technical design, infrastructure, operational planning, event staffing, and operations. Working with the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department at Fort BraggBaAM converted the site on an abandoned golf course into a fully-functioning professional ballpark, which included a baseball field, back-of-house production offices, audience seating, locker rooms, and broadcast booths. The quality of the temporary facility was commended by players who remarked that the “playing field was in better condition than some major league parks.” The team's careful pre-planning and construction management ensured an exciting and powerful night that honored those who serve in the US military and resonated for broadcast audiences watching from home. In short, BaAM's work was described by USA Today Sports Weekly as a "marvel of planning and logistics."

Following the game, the ballpark will be converted into a permanent softball field and multi-purpose facility — a gift courtesy of the Major League Clubs and Players. By all accounts, the game was a rousing success for MLB and a highly-regarded tribute to the troops.

READ: Fort Bragg Field, the “once in a lifetime ballpark,” named BaseballParks.com’s Ballpark of the Year 

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