NCAA: Women's College World Series to stay in Oklahoma City

by Jacob Unruh Modified: May 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm •  Published: May 29, 2014


photo - The Oklahoma softball team goes through practice during the Women's College World Series media day at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The Oklahoma softball team goes through practice during the Women's College World Series media day at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City began hosting the WCWS in 1990 and has every year since, except 1996 when the Olympic venue in Columbus, Ga., hosted the tournament.

“It’s a two-tiered funding solution that gets us to 2020 and 2035, but in some respects it’s remindful that there are young girls, young women who are not even born yet who will be a part of this agreement,” Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett said. “We feel like this really solidifies Oklahoma’s appreciation of the NCAA and also shows that we care deeply about this event and feel like it’s ours. Now, we’re stepping up to the plate.”

Cornett estimated the total cost of all improvements to the stadium will finish around $20 million, but noted that not all of that money comes from taxes as some philanthropic donations and naming rights have contributed.

He also said the impact the WCWS has on Oklahoma City is immeasurable.

“I think the worldwide attention that this event brings to Oklahoma City probably has benefits that are difficult to measure but I think are very, very real,” Cornett said.

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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