For the past 25 years, eight teams have brought the boom in Oklahoma City as the NCAA Division I Women's College World Series (WCWS) rolls into town. Around 70,000 spectators from all over the world fill the finest softball facility in the nation at the close of May for what has become a week-long tournament that always packs a punch both on and off the field.
The eight teams that will advance to the 2015 Division I WCWS have yet to fight their way through regionals and super regionals, but you can be sure that each team that advances will bring an electric fan base with them as the stands are filled with the most entertaining and die-hard softball fanatics you will ever see. Body paint, hula skirts and crazy head gear are just some of the hoopla that can be seen in every section. Don't forget the thunderous chants and the fun traditions that remind you how thrilling college athletics can be. The area inside the stadium is surrounded with food and merchandise vendors and player autograph sessions and photo ops are available post-game. Softball celebrities are always spotted and recognizable ESPN personalities can be seen on the field. It's the raucous celebration that every softball player dreams of experiencing someday, and it happens right in the heart of Oklahoma City.
The event is not just for those softball maniacs, however, as there are events lined up for all ages both inside and outside of the stadium and are going on whenever the doors are open. The free Fan Festival takes place just outside the gates in the parking lot and it is a huge hit every year. It's packed with face-painting, sponsored sport activities, autograph sessions, product displays and championship merchandise which makes it the perfect place to play whether you are waiting on your favorite team to take the field or you are just looking to get out and experience some outdoor recreation.
To make things even better, Oklahoma City is going into extra innings this year as we host not only the Division I series, but also the Division II series. That means double-the-fun for everyone.
The Division I WCWS is slated to open on Thursday, May 28 when all eight teams take the field for a full day of competition. The double-elimination bracket will continue through Sunday, May 31 and the best-of-three championship series will start the evening of Monday, June 1 and continue through Wednesday, June 3rd if necessary. Single session tickets are available for purchase through the Oklahoma City All Sports Association for various prices. Sessions one through six include a two-game guarantee for tickets purchased. A limited number of parking spaces are available for a $20 charge at the stadium. Offsite parking is available for free at Remington Park Raceway with a free shuttle bus that will transport fans to-and-from the stadium.
The Division II WCWS will follow a similar format. The DII action will run from Thursday, May 21 through Monday, May 25 with a single championship game slated for Monday as opposed to the best-of-three series. Parking is free at the ASA Hall of Fame stadium for the DII series and no fan festival will be available. Tickets can be purchased through the Oklahoma City All Sports Association at $3 for children and $12 for adults.
Make sure you catch all of the action happening out at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. You definitely don't want to miss one of the biggest events that Oklahoma City has to offer!