Oklahoma City is home to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, which pretty much makes it the mecca of softball for players of all levels - youth, collegiate and even professional (USA Softball and Team USA call OKC home). This week, Oklahoma City welcomes the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) for the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship. We hold the record for hosting this event - it's our 23rd time! OKC has been the home of the WCWS since 1990 with the exception of 1996 when it headed to Columbus, Ga. for one year. We even hold the record for the highest attended championship game in series history - 6,804 fans watched Alabama defeat Oklahoma in 2012.
For the 2013 WCWS, Oklahoma City welcomes the top eight teams from around the country - Michigan, Tennessee, Washington, Arizona State, Texas, Nebraska, Florida and Oklahoma (we can't help but pull a little more for our home team!). These teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament over the course of six days (we'll play seven days if a final game 3 is needed in the best-of-three championship round) to determine who will hold the title of NCAA Division 1 Women's College World Series Champions.
We love seeing the packed bleachers at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium during the week. Fans of all ages and from around the country flock to OKC each year to be a part of the event. So while you are in town, be sure to check out the Fan Festival in the parking lot just out front of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Events during the festival include autograph sessions, sponsored sports activities and championship merchandise. And did we mention it's free? Yup, free for all ages. Also check out our next blog post and we'll tell you about all there is to see and do in the Adventure District - the area of town that includes ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
So, if you love softball, or if you are sports lover in general, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and the NCAA Women's College World Series is the place to be starting TODAY (Thursday, May 30).