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.