TAMPA, Fla. - The 2009 National Club Baseball/Softball Spring Training Showcase will be hosted at Mike Sansone Park in Plant City during the month of March. The decision to return to Plant City comes after successful events in 2006, 2007 and 2008 that produced an increase from 10 to 26 participating teams in 2006, from 26 to 39 teams in 2007 and 39 to 45 teams in 2008.
The event serves as a tremendous economic impact event for Plant City and Hillsborough County. Last year’s Spring Training Showcase brought in more than 1,200 participants and generated more than 1,100 room nights. There are a variety of reasons that teams continue to descend upon Plant City for Spring Training. Some teams use the event to play teams from across the country that they would otherwise not get to compete against. Some teams are looking to solidify their line-up before the conference season starts. Still other teams look to bond the team together in order to compete for a national title. Whatever the goal of attending the showcase may be, the NCBA/NCSA is able to assist teams in achieving their goals.
NCBA/NCSA President, Sandy Sanderson commented, “the amount of planning that it takes to host an event of this size is greatly reduced when you can return to a quality location year after year. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has been extremely helpful in making this tournament a success each year with their dedication to a quality experience for the players and fans of this event. Working with the local sponsors, hotels, field crews and umpires has been such a positive experience that I look forward to the future of this event in the Tampa area.”