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Rusty Meeks figures he runs the best workplace in the world, Dickey-Stephens Park, and when he sees a young kid catching a foul ball at an Arkansas Travelers game, he sees himself.
“I grew up going to Ray Winder Field with my father and catching foul balls,” Meeks said, remembering the Travs’ old park in Little Rock. “I’ve known all my life I wanted to work in baseball.”
Meeks had diamond fever last month as Dickey-Stephens, North Little Rock’s $50 million gem of a ballpark, was preparing for a new season after COVID canceled last summer’s season. Capacity limits and masks were planned, but reopening the park is exciting, he said.
“It’s a perfect place,” said Meeks. “I’ve been to a lot of minor league parks, and what we have here is unbeatable.”
After earning a communications degree from the University of Arkansas and attending Major League Baseball’s scouting development school, Meeks scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies. He joined the Travs at 23, helping manage concessions, and steadily rose up, becoming CEO and EVP in December.
“We want families to know they can come to the park for a great, affordable time. You can bring a family of four here and feed everybody and buy tickets for $50. How many places can say that?”