When baseball enthusiasts dream of fields, the vision they conjure probably looks a lot like the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex. These are some of the shiniest diamonds in the sport. Four complexes spread over 70 acres with a total of 17 lighted and exquisitely groomed fields for baseball and softball.
“The playing conditions at that facility are always top notch,” says Aubrey Richardson, president of the Madison County Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken youth baseball leagues. “I go all over the Southeast to coach in travel ball, and no place has the quality of fields like the Sportsplex. There are some nice parks out there, but Jackson has the nicest.”
Jason Compton has had a close-up view of the Sportsplex ever since it opened in 2006. That’s because for nearly two decades, Compton worked in the front office of the Jackson Generals minor league baseball team, ultimately becoming general manager. The team plays its games at the Ballpark at Jackson, adjacent to the Sportsplex.