OKLAHOMA CITY — With the start of the 2011 season at Oklahoma City’s Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Hall of Fame Complex only days away, the ASA today unveiled an addition to the facility, a 10,000 square foot multipurpose Field House. The Field House, located behind the scoreboard of the main stadium field, provides amenities for fans, teams and umpires.
“The ASA Hall of Fame Complex is the premiere softball facility in the nation. Growing up, every player dreams of the opportunity to play on this complex’s Stadium Field, whether for their college team or in the Red, White and Blue jersey of Team USA,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “It is a proud moment for ASA to enhance our already outstanding complex with the addition of the Field House, which can be utilized by everyone who visits. On behalf of the ASA, thank you to Oklahoma City and everyone involved with the ongoing enhancements of the facility.”
The Field House offers a number of amenities including team meeting and locker room space, complete with restrooms as well as dry erase boards and wireless Internet access. Umpires also have changing rooms, for both females and males, as well as a common area. Additionally, the Field House can serve as protection from severe weather for athletes and umpires.
Other features of the Field House addition include public bathrooms, both female and male, that are accessible from outside the facility, and eight permanent parking spaces with a bus turn-around point, offering easy access to the building. The Field House also offers handicap access to the main Stadium Field.
In the off season, the Field House can be used to host clinics and community events. The space can be converted from one large meeting room to four smaller meeting rooms.
The complex opens on March 4 with a youth tournament centered around March 5’s The Preview, a college tournament featuring Auburn, a team that has received votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, Illinois-Chicago, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 18 Oklahoma State. The Preview schedule: Auburn vs. Illinois-Chicago at 10 a.m., Oklahoma State vs. Auburn at 12:30 p.m., Oklahoma vs. Illinois-Chicago at 3:30 p.m. and Bedlam at 6 p.m.
The ASA Hall of Fame Complex schedule is highlighted by the NCAA Women’s College World Series, June 2-8, which features the top eight teams in Division I softball playing for a National Championship. From July 21-25, the complex plays host to the top athletes in international softball with the World Cup VI, which features the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team playing teams from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Japan. The 2011 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch Team will play Canada in Border Battle III during the World Cup on July 23.
Tickets to The Preview, which are $15 for general admission, and all-session tickets to the World Cup/Border Battle are on sale online through SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337. To purchase tickets to the NCAA Women’s College World Series, go to NCAA.com or call Oklahoma City All Sports Association at 405-236-5000.
For a complete schedule of 2011 events, visit http://asasoftball.com/complex/events.asp.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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