New baseball complex to be build on Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD - The American corporation IBP LLC (which stands for International Baseball Partners) has announced a plan to build a brand new baseball complex on the island of Curaçao. IBP is chartered in the United States with designs to build, own, lease and manage multiple professional baseball complexes around the world. The website of the Limited Liability Corporation says: “Because of baseball’s growing popularity globally, IBP is positioned to develop baseball facilities and project anchors with the potential to positively impact economies and establish valuable partners in international baseball operations.”
The name of the plans is “Project 421″. The name refers to 4 academies in 2 complexes within 1 campus. The project is an ongoing cooperation with the government of Curaçao to create an international baseball headquarters for player development.
Because Curaçao is located in the center of a baseball hotbed, in front of the Venzuelan coast and in an area near the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and Curaçao produces more MLB player per capita than any other country in the world (1 MLB player per 21,000 inhabitants) the choice seems to be logical. But because of the social and political unrest in Venezuela that country is not a prefered location for a complex like this right now.
The project is scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2016 to coincide with the beginning of a new Curaçao Summer League play for international player development.