New Concept in Professional Women’s Athletics Will be Coming to Rosemont
By TODD WESSELL
Journal & Topics Editor
A new concept in professional women’s athletics will be coming to Rosemont at the end of August and with it a new synthetic turf infield at Parkway Bank Baseball Park.
Rosemont trustees are expected to approve a proposal today (Wednesday) for the installation of synthetic turf in the infield area of the ballpark, which is located within the Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
According to Mayor Brad Stephens, Rosemont will have to pay $65,000 for the new turf with the remaining cost of the $180,000 project to be paid by Athletes Unlimited, the new sports league which will begin six weeks of play beginning Aug. 30 in Rosemont.
Stephens said the league wanted to replace the existing infield surface for the benefit of its players.
Athletes Unlimited will play all of its softball games at one location, in this case Rosemont, and its top line players will live nearby during the season. The new athletic model will not connect any player to any one city. Players are eligible to earn points based on both individual and team performances. Lineups will change every week with the top four players, based on points, becoming captains. Athletes will share in league profits and be involved in regular decision making. In 2021, indoor volleyball will make its debut.
Unlike traditional professional sports teams that must invest in ticket sales, Athletes Unlimited is taking those resources and directing them to digital users.
Stephens said 56 premium players in women’s softball will compete in Rosemont. At the end of the season, the team with the highest number of points earned by their performances on the field will be duly compensated. There will be no fans in the stands watching games.