Curacao has long been identified as a strategic hub for international baseball development. because of its attractive locale, infrastructure and talent. The RIF complex initiative by International Baseball Partners (IBP) seeks to create a unique baseball model to attract tourism and world-class entertainment to the island. Included is a renovation plan for the historic Johnny Vrutaal Stadium situated in the RIF area of the Willemstad capital. The stadium would include minor league seating, corporate suites, locker rooms and an indoor training facility. Additional value is proposed with an anchor hotel, condominiums, popular themed restaurant and a tourist grabbing sports museum.
A more detailed look at IBP’s RIF Complex project is available here: Johnny Vrutaal StadiumJAN2019 (1)
Designed to bring an academy structure to the Caribbean island of Curacao, Project 421 gets its name from 4 academies in 2 complexes inside 1 campus. Its goal was to alleviate pressures in international recruitment of players that exist in the Dominican Republic. Curacao is a tropical paradise situated off the coast of Venezuela and is part of the Dutch ABC chain of islands. With an island population of 160,000 and having produced 14 MLB players since 2000, Curacao produces more MLB players per square capita than any place on the globe.