OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball is proud to announce that the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division II and the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Division III Softball National Championships. This marks the first time that Oklahoma City will host the NCAA Division II and Division III Softball National Championships. The University of Central Oklahoma will be co-host to all three softball championships with Oklahoma City All Sports and the ASA/USA Softball National Office staff.
The official training site of the USA Softball Women's National Team and home of the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS), the ASA Hall of Fame (HOF) Complex is no stranger to hosting some of the best competition in the world. Often referred to as the "Mecca" of Softball, the ASA HOF Complex has played host to a variety of international events like the World Cup of Softball and the Men's Slow Pitch Border Battle. The ASA HOF Complex also hosts a number of ASA/USA Junior Olympic (JO) and adult events, including the ASA/USA 18-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship, the Hall of Fame Qualifiers, the Combat Capital City Classic and the ASA Slow Pitch Championship Series.
"We appreciate the confidence that the NCAA has in ASA/USA Softball and our partners the Oklahoma City All Sports, the city of Oklahoma City and the University of Central Oklahoma," said Craig Cress, ASA/USA Softball Executive Director. "We want to thank the NCAA for allowing us to host the NCAA Division II and Division III Softball Championships. Their decision validates the belief that Oklahoma City and the ASA Hall of Fame Complex is where champions are crowned in the sport of softball."
The bidding process for 82 of the 89 NCAA Championship sites began in July and final submissions were due in mid-September. The sites were selected by the respective sport committees, made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, and ultimately approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets or committees. Each sport committee, per division, then selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the competing student-athletes.
The selection of the ASA HOF Stadium for the 2015, 2017 and 2018 NCAA Division II and Division III Championship Sites comes on the heels of a major renovation project at the ASA HOF Complex. Opened in 1987, the ASA HOF Stadium initially consisted of the main Stadium Field before a second field was added a short while after. In 2003, the city of Oklahoma City passed a bond issue to expand and update the Stadium and Complex. A new Hall of Fame Plaza and Sports Festival Esplanade, 519 new parking spaces and 3,000 additional seats were added to increase the total seating of the Stadium to 5,000. Two more fields with 300 permanent seats and additional restrooms were also constructed. To see photos from the current renovation process, please visit USASoftball.com. For a full list of events at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex, please visit ASASoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
About the NCAA Women’s College World Series
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS). For the 24th year, the top eight college teams in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and complete for a National Championship title. Last year, over 70,000 fans attended the WCWS. Experience It Live May 29 to June 4 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2014 NCAA WCWS are on sale now, click here to purchase your tickets and make a date with champions!