Tuesday, July 27, 2010

National Girls’ Softball Tournament Starts Next Week

Categories: press releases

July 27, 2010

Media Contacts:
John Turnbull, Tournament Director, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation
(812) 349-3712 or turnbulj@bloomington.in.gov

Mike McAfee, Executive Director, Bloomington Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau
(812) 355-7720 or mike@visitbloomington.com

National Girls’ Softball Tournament Starts Next Week

101 Teams Coming to Bloomington to Compete for Top Honors

Bloomington IN – The USA/ASA Girls’ 12 and Under Class A Fastpitch National Tournament begins in Bloomington next week, with a record 101 teams from across the U.S. coming to compete for the national championship title.

This tournament, the 19th to be hosted in Bloomington since 1993, is the largest Girls’ 12U Class A Fastpitch National ever held, and the second largest to be held in Bloomington since the Girls’ 16U Class A Fastpitch Nationals with 116 teams played here in 2004.

Mike McAfee, executive director of the Bloomington Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said large tournaments like this one help introduce Bloomington to a wide audience. “This year’s tournament will really showcase Bloomington, and expose Bloomington to lots of people who have never seen it, but who will come back down the line.”

Visiting teams will make their presence known across town next week, in restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers. “You’ll see them everywhere,” McAfee said. “As usual, roll out the red carpet for them!” The tournament is expected to generate more than $1.3 million for the city’s economy.

“Getting and hosting a tournament of this caliber wouldn’t happen without a superb team, and we have that in our partnerships with the Bloomington CVB and the Hoosier Sports Corporation,” said Mick Renneisen, director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. “Bloomington has a reputation for first-rate Hoosier Hospitality during major sporting events we host throughout the year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming these softball players, coaches and fans to town.”

Opening ceremonies take place Monday, August 2 at 5 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium on the Indiana University campus. Tournament play begins at 8 a.m. August 3 at Twin Lakes Sports Park, Winslow Sports Complex, and the ballfields at Lower Cascades Park.

Daily tickets and tournament passes are available to spectators all week. Ticket prices are $7/adult/day and $4/youth under 17/day. Tournament passes are $25/adult and $15/youth under 17.

Indiana teams competing in the tournament include the Bulldogs from Crown Point; the Indiana Lady Bandits from Greenfield; the Indiana Lightning Elite from Bloomington, the Indiana Magic from Lafayette; and the Indy Edge from Indianapolis.

For a complete list of competing teams and tournament updates, visit www.bloomington.in.gov/parks.

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