You don’t have to live here long to understand Oklahoma City is the softball capital of the world. USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in the Adventure District is home to the annual NCAA Women’s College World Series and the National Softball Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma City has hosted the NCAA Women’s College World Series every year – except one – since 1990. In fact, OKC is slated to host the annual tournament through 2035. The popularity of the event has exploded in recent years, drawing 70,000 visitors annually and being broadcast live on ESPN.
It hasn’t hurt that Oklahoma’s two largest universities have prestigious softball programs. The University of Oklahoma Sooners are college softball’s current powerhouse team. They have won four national titles including three since 2013. They’ve made the College World Series 13 times, including four straight years. The Oklahoma State University Cowgirls have made the College World Series eight times, including last season.
The USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is not limited to just the NCAA Women’s College World Series. It hosts tournaments for all levels of softball, including international events like the World Cup of Softball. In total, the complex brings about 30 events and 150,000 visitors to Oklahoma City annually. That means its economic impact on the local economy is a pretty big deal.
Because of its economic impact, the residents of Oklahoma City have made investing in the complex a priority. Part of the recent Safer Streets, Safer City bond package helped pay for renovations that are currently happening to the stadium. As part of the expansion, the seating capacity of the stadium will increase by 4,000.
Don’t think that just because more seats are being added you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to the 2020 NCAA Women’s College World Series. Tickets always go fast so get yours today. This year’s event will be held May 28 – June 3.