PACE — Staffers are aiming for a Jan. 8 opening day for the Clubhouse All Sports Training Facility at 4829 W. Spencer Field Road in Pace.
The Clubhouse will have 10,000 square feet of turf with seven batting cages, two pitching lanes, two pitching machines, a sports lounge for parents to relax, party rooms, and a 1,300-square-foot athletic performance center on the ground floor.
Security is a priority, according to owner and CEO Jason Kimbrell. The facility has 60 security cameras. In addition, every adult coming through the front door will have to scan his or her driver’s license through the Raptor visitor management system, which screens against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states, according to raptortech.com.
Jason Barlow, a 2016 Pace graduate now playing for Lurleen B Wallace Community College, practiced pitching with Pace High senior Dalton Childs Dec. 29 at the Clubhouse.
"It’s nice to come back and see the community grow," Barlow said.
Clubhouse staff will dedicate a portion of wall to Chicago short stop Addison Russell and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Russell is a Pace High graduate and Donaldson spent his first two high school years at Pace.
"We’re giving them a key to the facility," Kimbrell said — noting it's an actual key so the men can come and train.