Brent Cross welcomed a significant new facility, ‘The 108’, on 23 January, marking the opening of Europe’s first indoor baseball and softball centre.
The event saw a turnout of hundreds, including the GB National Youth baseball team, local residents, and key figures from UK baseball and sports organisations.
The centre, equipped with four batting cages, two throwing lanes, and a full-size field, aims to enhance local and national talent. Alongside sporting facilities, ‘The 108’ features an American-style BBQ and sports bar, a café, and the Smoke&Bones restaurant, offering a diverse culinary experience with halal options.
The venue also caters to events and parties, positioning itself as a new hub for community and sports enthusiasts in the area.
Barnet Councillor Ammar Naqvi, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts & Sports, said: “We are delighted to officially open this unique, world-class baseball facility in Barnet. Participation in baseball has grown in the borough over the years and The 108 will play a fundamental role in supporting both local and UK talent in this sport.
“It also provides an exciting, fun place for local residents to meet and new ways for people to get active. All made possible by the Brent Cross Town development and the dedication of the teams behind The 108.”
The 108 owners Michael Wakelam and Maxwell Trautman, added: “We’ve poured the passion we have for baseball and softball into building a world class facility that not only enables the sports to develop in the UK, but enables growth of the sports as people get to experience the thrill of hitting a baseball or softball for the first time.
“We’re tremendously excited to share The 108 with London and beyond and are grateful for the support we have received from Major League Baseball, BaseballSoftballUK and the wider communities.”
The 108 is one of the first activity hubs in Brent Cross Town, which will see its first residents moving in from 2024.
It is one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects and will create 6,700 new homes, 3 million sq ft of offices, student housing and homes for later living, as well as a high street, schools and 50 acres of parks and playing fields.
Morwenna Hall, Partner at Related Argent, said: “The 108 is a brilliant addition to Brent Cross Town and an exciting first for London, and for the local community, providing an accessible way to get involved in baseball.
“Above all it’s a lot of fun and demonstrates our commitment to create the place in London for participation in play and sport that offers a variety of different experiences and opportunities for the local community and wider capital.”