Grand Strand baseball facility adds new 90-foot diamond

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Ripken Experience has announced Wednesday plans to construct an additional 90-foot baseball diamond for teams who utilize the facility for baseball games and camps.

The field, according to complex officials, will be named "Forbes Field" after the historic former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"When we constructed The Ripken Experience, we did it with the idea of continued growth. Adding an additional 90-foot diamond allows us to host more young ballplayers and continue to enhance our programming," Ripken Baseball Inc. President Chris Flannery said.

The new field will be the complex's third 90-foot diamond used for groups from 13 year olds and up. The two other 90-foot diamonds, Griffith Field and the Polo Grounds, have hosted over 2,000 games during their five years of use.

The complex celebrated its 5,000 game during the 2009 season and was recognized by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce for its impact on sports tourism in Myrtle Beach.

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