Softball in OKC
Nestled in Oklahoma City's Adventure District is the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, home to the National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum and the annual NCAA® Women’s College World Series®, one of the most popular sporting events in OKC.
The USA Hall of Fame Complex first opened its doors in 1973. Back then, it was just comprised of the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum and the USA headquarters. It wasn’t until 1987 that the softball stadium was built and added to the complex. With its four fields, jumbo video screen and 7,300-seat capacity, it’s considered by many to be the best softball facility in the world.
The NCAA didn’t start to organize a national championship tournament for softball until 1982.
After the tournament was held in Nebraska and California for the first eight years, it was moved permanently to Oklahoma City and Hall of Fame Stadium in 1990.
Tickets to the Women’s College World Series can be purchased online. Visitors have the option to choose single game tickets, individual sessions or purchase passes for the entire tournament.
The WCWS last only six days, but the stadium doesn’t sit empty and unused the rest of the year. In the past it has played host to World Cup of Softball, the USA Men's Slow Pitch Border Battle, the Division II softball championships and the USA National Championship Series. It’s also home to several high school softball competitions, including the fast pitch and slow pitch Oklahoma state championships.
Hall of Fame
For those who want to learn about the history of the game of softball when their team isn’t playing, the National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum is next door to the stadium. Access is free to the public, but donations are welcomed. The National Softball Hall of Fame has more than 370 inductees. They include players, coaches, umpires, administrators who have made their mark on the game.