NCAA makes crucial announcement about softball’s future in OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s another big day for sports fans in Oklahoma.
The NCAA announced Oklahoma City will host the Women’s College World Series through 2035, an additional 15 year commitment to the original agreement.
Fans from all over the country packed the ASA Hall of Fame stadium for the 2014 Women’s College World Series.
“This was one of my bucket list items,” said Vickie Gann.
Gann traveled from Sedona, Arizona and says the NCAA made the right choice when selecting Oklahoma City as the place to play through 2035.
“This is where the fans come, I think it’s central located for everybody,” said Gann.
“From a sports perspective, Oklahoma City is not only on the map, we’re drawing a lot of eyeballs from around the world,” said Mayor Mick Cornett.
With stadium improvements like larger locker rooms and more camera wells for ESPN, the NCAA chose OKC above other contenders to be the home of the World Series.
“I think Oklahoma City is the Mecca of softball and it stands certainly on its own two feet,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances.
Fans say it also has a great impact on future players of the sport.
“They’re in the stands watching it and in the next year, two years, three years, four years, they’ll be on the field. It’s a big thing,” said Billy Williams, an OU fan from Idabel.