College softball: Hoover, Ala., might bid for Women's College World Series

The Alabama Sports Foundation is trying to put together a bid. Hoover has a stadium that's available and has some of the amenities that the NCAA looks for.
From Staff Reports Published: April 5, 2013
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photo - A Women's College World Series softball game between OU and Alabama at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
A Women's College World Series softball game between OU and Alabama at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

In 2008, a 17- foot by 36-foot video board was added. And, two years ago, new locker rooms and a 10,000-square foot facility were constructed behind left field.

But Oklahoma City officials aren't done. They're in the process of raising $20 million — $8 million privately and $12 million from the city — to make more significant improvements to Hall of Fame Stadium, hoping to help secure a long-term deal with upper deck seating, suites, additional restrooms, concession stands and expanded media areas.

And that, according to Alabama coach Patrick Murphy, is where the added competition, created by this potential Hoover bid, could be beneficial to the tournament as a whole.

“I think it's very exciting,” Murphy told the Tuscaloosa News. “When there's another option, that's going to be great for everybody. If there is only one option, it's like they have no reason (in Oklahoma City) to improve their facility. They have done some great things the last couple of years with the new locker room(s) and adding seats and the permanent fence in the outfield. The whole atmosphere is awesome there, but it could always improve.”

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