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New Venues to Watch in 2020

As the demand for spaces to host sporting events continues to grow, destinations across the country are examining their inventory, identifying needs and building accordingly. Here are 10 new sports complexes to keep an eye on in 2020. AdventHealth Field House and Conference Center Winter Haven, Florida Opened: December 2019 Located less than 50 miles from Continue Reading

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Softball Loses a Legend in Don Porter

Don Porter, one of the key individuals who helped grow softball on the international stage, died June 7 in Oklahoma City. Porter, the longtime leader of the Amateur Softball Association, the International Softball Federation and the World Baseball Softball Confederation, was 90. Porter was a board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1968–1998 and Continue Reading

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Columbus, Georgia, to Host 2021–2023 NAIA Softball Championship

Columbus, Georgia, will host the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics softball championship from 2021–2023. The event will be staged at the South Commons Sports Complex and Softball Stadium, which served as the host venue for softball at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. The stadium, which also hosted the USA Softball International Cup in July 2019, Continue Reading

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Sports events around the world are continuing to see the impact of the coronavirus on events. PhotoL Jae C. Hong/AP Images

How The Coronavirus Has Impacted Sports Events

  The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to affect the sports-event industry. As destinations work to contain the spread of the virus, it has led many sports-event organizers to make decisions about the immediate future of their events. With so much changing so quickly, we are tracking the latest updates, both confirmations of sports events that Continue Reading

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New Professional Softball League Forms

A new professional softball league will start in August 2020 with its formation heralded by organizers as the start of a master plan to expand into other sports and models. Athletes Unlimited‘s starting plan is for a softball league with all games held at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois. The league would start August Continue Reading

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MLB to Sponsor USA Softball National Team’s Tour

Major League Baseball will become the official presenting sponsor of the training tour for the women’s national softball team that will represent the United States at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. The team’s Stand Beside Her tour will be held in more than 35 cities from February to June, leading up to the Continue Reading

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An Unlikely Softball Partnership

It’s not a marriage, but the first date between USA Softball and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)—an inaugural softball tournament organized jointly by both organizations—marks a new era for two organizations that have been competitors in the event landscape for years. The U.S. Games, a girls fastpitch tournament, will take place in Viera, Continue Reading

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge Lands Softball Events

Softball is coming to Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The bureau and VBR Sports have announced that the region has been awarded the 2021 USA Girls 16U and 18U Gold Fastpitch National Championship (July 18–25, 2021) and the 2021 USA Men’s Class D & E Eastern Slowpitch National Championship (September 3–6, 2021). The region edged out Continue Reading

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USA Softball Announces Additional Tour Stops

The USA Softball women’s national team will ramp up preparations for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo with the Stand Beside Her Tour as new stops have been announced in Michigan during June. The tour will have 30 cities overall, with several already announced including new additions in Midland, Michigan, and East Lansing, Michigan. Continue Reading

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