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Pigeon Forge took steps to increase tourism in the area when the city commission met to discuss and pass this fiscal year's budget.

Part of the budget included funding a 10-year contract with The Ripken Experience to manage a new sports complex. The Ripken Sports Complex will have six fields with artificial turf and will open Pigeon Forge up to youth sports.

Plus, the city reached a branding agreement that will allow them to use Cal Ripken Jr.'s likeness in advertisements.

Mayor David Wear says this will open Pigeon Forge up to a whole new demographic.

"We do a really good job with our city park bringing fast pitch pitch softball and some little league tournaments in, but I think this takes us to a new level," he said.

The Ripken Experience also has baseball complexes in Maryland and South Carolina.

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