Growing up, Paul Seiler was a soccer fan. But all that changed in 1988 when he started working for USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball. Now, he’s hooked on the pace, the intellectual appeal, the strategy and the character of people whom baseball attracts. In fact, as the executive director and CEO of USA Baseball, he lives and breathes the game.
In the early 2000s, USA Baseball was on the hunt for a new home for its National Training Complex. After searching far and wide, the organization—with Paul at the helm—was drawn to Cary, N.C. What struck them most was the area’s focus on quality of life, especially in enjoying the great outdoors and its residents’ commitment to being active. So, in 2007, the USA Baseball National Training Complex opened its doors in Cary, effectively making the Raleigh area the epicenter of amateur baseball in the United States.
A hot spot for sports enthusiasts, the complex features an impressive main stadium, as well as MLB-standard training fields. Purposely designed to retain a natural, park-like feel with limited commercial signage, it's clear the focus is on the game. For players and their fans, playing tournaments and training at the stadium is an experience that’s baseball at its purest.
Make a trip
With events like the National Team Championships, USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the National High School Invitational, the USA Baseball National Training Complex is always bustling with energy, action and the chance to watch up-and-coming athletes show off their skills. Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jack and take in baseball games with family and friends at this must-visit locale. Add in even more fun before or after games with plenty of delicious eats and things to do around Cary!
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