The Ripken Experience

With the addition of its Pigeon Forge location, the well-known Ripken Experience now boasts three of the finest baseball complexes in the country. Here’s a closer look at each of them:

1. The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour

Aberdeen, Maryland- opened in 2003; $21 million complex is the home for youth baseball competition for 11-and 12-year-olds.

Host of 12U Cal Ripken World Series, which brings 18 teams (10 domestic, 8 international) from around the world together each summer.

“Cal, Sr.’s Yard” is the complex’s signature field, which is a 2/3–sized replica of Orioles Park at Camden Yards with seating for over 6,000 fans and hotel accommodations designed to replicate the stadium’s iconic warehouse. In all, the complex features seven fields modeled after ballparks including Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Memorial Stadium, Nationals Park, Citizens Bank Park and Yankee Stadium.

2. The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- opened in 2006; $23 million, 50-acre facility is home to baseball/softball competition for 13-18-year-olds.

Has played host to a team from Australia each summer (this year’s guests will be the Victorian Kookaburras) at July Surf’s Up Tournament.


Hosts college and high school spring training for baseball and fast pitch softball teams. The complex features nine themed baseball fields (five youth and four full-sized) each designed after a legendary ballparks, including Ebbets Field, Shibe Park, Polo Grounds and Griffith Stadium.

3. The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee- opened in 2016; $22.5 million facility is the latest innovation in youth baseball tournament destinations for amateur baseball and fast-pitch softball teams.

Numerous Big League ambassadors will be on hand throughout inaugural season, including Billy Ripken, & Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Morris, Bobby Valentine, and Dale Murphy

Each field borrows design inspiration from ‘the road to the show’- Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Isotopes Stadium (AAA- Albuquerque, New Mexico), Historic Engel Stadium (AA- Chattanooga, Tennessee), Winston-Salem Ballpark (High-A- Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Fluor Field (Low A- Greenville, South Carolina) and Calfee Park (Rookie- Pulaski, Virginia)


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