The Little League International central region headquarters property, located on the northeast side of Indianapolis for more than 25 years, has a new owner. Cathedral High School, which is about 15 minutes from the facility, has purchased the complex and will rename it Brunette Park.
The school has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony for Monday. The acquisition was made possible through a gift from Dan and Betsy Brunette. Dan is a 1970 Cathedral graduate. Cathedral says the purchase price of the 35-acre property, which will nearly double the school’s footprint, is $625,000.
President Robert Bridges says "part of our newly introduced Strategic Plan includes consolidating locations for Cathedral athletics and having these great athletic facilities so close to our main campus is a major first step in that effort."
The complex includes baseball and softball diamonds, offices, parking, indoor community center, covered pavilion, stands and a press box. Cathedral didn’t have an on-campus baseball field and previously Hair Field in Lawrence as its varsity home site.
Athletic Director Doug Seagrave says "the baseball program has been a championship program and has seen several players make a career in the Major Leagues as well as numerous players currently in the collegiate level. But with more than 82 percent of our students participating in an IHSAA or club sport, the new facilities benefit the entire student body."
In October, Little League International announced it was seeking another location for its Central Region headquarters. Since the announcement the City of Westfield and its Grand Park Sports Campus submitted a proposal to be the next location.