OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce Sugar Land, Texas as a stop on the “Stand Beside Her” tour. Hosted by USA Softball of Houston, the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will play an exhibition contest on April 18 as the team prepares to capture the Gold Medal in Tokyo where the sport of softball returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008. In addition to an exhibition contest, members of the 2020 WNT will also conduct a youth clinic on April 19.
“It’s obviously exciting for me personally to get to play at home, but Houston is a hotbed for softball,” said 2020 WNT member and Houston-native, Cat Osterman. “It shows in the reception we get every time we play there!”
Team USA is slated for a 1 p.m. CT contest that will be played at Constellation Field (1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX, 77498), home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. Tickets for the game will go on sale on December 1 through the Skeeters Box Office at SugarLandSkeeters.com. Advanced General Admission (GA) tickets can be purchased for $15 while groups of 10-15 can purchase discounted tickets for $10. GA tickets will also be available on April 18 at the Skeeters Box Office for $20. In addition to GA tickets, commemorative “Stand Beside Her” tour programs are also available for purchase during the presale.
“We are really excited for the ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour to return to Houston,” said USA Softball of Houston Commissioner, Stoney Burke. “This is the fifth time we have hosted the Women’s National Team and third time that we’ve hosted an Olympic tour. USA Softball of Houston is also extremely proud to have two Olympians who have represented the U.S. on the Olympic stage: Two-time Olympian Christa Williams, who graduated from Dobie High School and was the youngest player ever named to an Olympic team, and two-time Olympian Cat Osterman, who is a part of the 2020 Olympic roster. All previous Olympic tour stops sold out and we anticipate tickets will go fast.”
With the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, the “Stand Beside Her” tour provides much-needed training and competition for the 2020 WNT in their preparation for the Olympic Games while also giving fans a chance to watch the Red, White and Blue in person. Olympic competition will start July 22, 2020 with the Gold Medal Game being played on July 28.
The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of female athletes.
“We’re really honored to be one of the few select cities to host a stop on the ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,’’ said Harris County – Houston Sports Authority Chief Executive Officer, Janis Burke. “Houston supports it’s Olympians like few other major cities and this event gives our local community a chance to get behind and empower some of the best female athletes in the world. It’s an opportunity, not only for the girls and women in the area to see Cat Osterman and the other members of the Women’s National Team kick off their road to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but also a chance for them to stand beside the star athletes they hope to be one day."
"We are excited to host the Women's National Team at Constellation Field as they prepare for the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," said Sugar Land Mayor, Joe Zimmerman. "It's another opportunity for visitors to learn what makes our city so special. Sugar Land serves up big city amenities with small town hospitality. Whether it's a piece of history, shopping or hours of family fun, Sugar Land offers something sweet for everyone. And of course, we're more than happy to show off our professional baseball stadium. It's a state-of-art facility that continues to exceed attendance expectations and welcome new visitors to our city."
Additional stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour will be announced at a later date. For more information on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, please visit StandBesideHerTour.com.