HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — A baseball scouting organization plans to make Hutto its new home in an $800 million development.
The City of Hutto announced Thursday night that Perfect Game will move its national headquarters there. The organization will build the city’s first indoor sports and events center that will seat 13,000 as well as a convention hotel, according to a new release.
The development will be located on a tract of land by U.S. 79 and County Road 132, east of Fritz Park.
Hutto city leaders said the Perfect Game development will significantly expand the tax base from tourism and hotel business.
“It will benefit Hutto and the Central Texas region by infusing $200 million annually in direct spending to our local community, creating demand for more than 150,000 hotel room nights, and bringing Hutto a 13,000-seat indoor sports arena,” City Manager Odis Jones said.
Perfect Game bills itself as the largest baseball showcase organization in the country. According to the city’s news release, it has seen 11,623 players drafted by Major League Baseball, and 1,234 major league players had their start through Perfect Game tournaments.
Plans call for the mixed-use development to have commercial and residential space along with 24 turf baseball fields — 10 of which the city will develop for public use.
Cassie Sanchez, whose two children are involved in the sport, said she’s looking forward to that aspect of the development.
“It’s exciting to know that the kids here in Hutto are going to have a nice facility to play at,” Sanchez said, “that our leagues going to be able to grow and that we’re going to get to serve our community and the kids can play at home instead of having to go out of town.”
Such a large development has raised concerns, particularly about traffic. City leaders, however, said a $70 million road bond that voters approved in 2018 would help fund projects that should address this kind of growth on the roads.
Additionally, realtor Maureen Rooker with RE/MAX Vision in Hutto said the project is already attracting more potential development.
“It got announced last night, and this morning I’m already on the phone with people in Chicago and Oklahoma that want to bring in hotel developments here,” Rooker said.
“[Hutto] used to be a dot on the map, and now we’re just growing,” she said. “We are something. We are that community that everybody wants to be in.”
Perfect Game plans to host its first tournament at the proposed complex by Memorial Day 2021.