Prairie Island Athletic Complex tabbed 2018 USA Softball Complex of the Year

Nov. 08, 2018, 1:02 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — After successfully hosting the 2018 USA Softball Men’s Class B and Class C Slow Pitch National Championships, Prairie Island Athletic Complex in Prairie Island, Minn. has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the USA Softball Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions.  The complex will receive their award at the 87th USA Softball Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. and will also receive approximately $2,000 in field maintenance products from Stabilizer Solutions. 

 

“Congratulations to Prairie Island Athletic Complex on the much-deserved USA Softball Complex of the Year honor,” said USA Softball Managing Director of Membership Services, Rich Cress.  “The facility is known for hosting some of the top softball events in Minnesota, which is due in large to the dedication and service that their staff, tournament directors and field crew put into each event.”


Previous award winners include Armstrong Park (Ewing, N.J.) in 2016, Tyger River Park (Spartanburg, S.C.) in 2015, Arrowhead Park (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in 2014, Charlie McVay Complex (Roswell, N.M.) in 2013, the Botetourt Sports Complex (Botetourt County, Va.) in 2012, the James I. Moyer Sports Complex (Salem, Va.) in 2011, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex (College Station, Texas) in 2010, Heritage Park Softball Complex (St. Joseph, Mo.) in 2009, Twin Creeks Softball Complex (Woodstock, Ga.) in 2008 and Freedom Ridge Park Complex (Ridgeland, Miss.) in 2007. The Field of Dreams Complex (Las Cruces, N.M.) won the inaugural 2006 award. 

 

Nestled within the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Prairie Island Athletic Complex was built in the early 1990’s and is home to four softball fields.  In addition to both fast and slow pitch softball events, the facility also holds events for lacrosse, baseball and various charity events. 

 

“We are honored to be recognized as the USA Softball Complex of the Year,” said President of the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council, Shelley Buck.  “All the credit goes to those in our community who had the vision many years ago to build it knowing thousands of people would benefit from its use and to the staff that maintains it at the highest level year over year.  What’s more, those who use our complex have access to Minnesota’s second largest hotel and world class casino with plentiful family amenities that are all within walking distance to Prairie Island Sports Complex – truly an all-inclusive experience.”
 

The four-field complex has a long history of hosting USA Softball of Minnesota events, including adult slow pitch and youth fast pitch state tournaments each season.  Most recently, the facility hosted the USA Softball of Minnesota Men’s Class D South State tournament.

“Prairie Island Athletic Complex has always been a big advocate of USA Softball,” said USA Softball of Minnesota Commissioner, Dan Pfeffer.  “Our teams, umpires, and fans always enjoy the first class softball experience at the facility. USA Softball of Minnesota is very thankful to have this relationship with Prairie Island Indian Community who has created an awesome softball destination for the upper Midwest and beyond.”

 

At the National level, the Prairie Island Athletic Complex was the site of the 2018 USA Softball Men’s Class B and Men’s Class C Slow Pitch National Championships.

 

About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best-trained umpires in the game. 

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit www.USASoftball.com.