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Let's make sure WCWS stays in OKC

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: July 5, 2013
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For the past 22 years, visitors from all across the country have come to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series (WCWS) at Hall of Fame Stadium. This event, which is televised nationally by ESPN, not only showcases the best players and teams in collegiate softball, but also serves to highlight the wonderful people and opportunities our city, county and state have to offer.

The WCWS has an estimated economic impact of $12 million to $15 million each year. The greatest portion of these dollars come from out-of-state visitors who fill our hotels, eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores, and visit other area attractions while they're here. Over the next few months, the city of Oklahoma City, with our help, will start major improvements to Hall of Fame Stadium. The improvements will create additional seating capacity and provide new restrooms and concessions, locker rooms, media rooms, a renovated press box and many more updates that will enhance the experience for the teams and fans.

Once these improvements are completed, and the future of the WCWS in Oklahoma City is secure, it's estimated the economic impact of this event will be $20 million annually. Please join our team and pitch in to help keep the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Willa Johnson, Oklahoma City

Johnson is District 1 commissioner for Oklahoma County. A fundraising effort is underway to improve the stadium and obtain a renewal of the contract to host the WCWS. The current contract expires next year.