Tampa Earns 2013 NCBA Division I World Series Site

Tampa Earns 2013 NCBA Division I World Series Site

Pittsburgh, PA – The host site for the 2013 and 2014 National Club Baseball Association Division I World Series tournaments has been confirmed. Tampa, Florida’s University of Tampa Baseball Field will hold the event which opens up in 2013 with games on May 24th and concludes on May 30th. Eight NCBA Division I teams from the eight geographic regions of the country will participate in this tournament which will crown the league’s National Champion.

“On behalf of the entire Tampa Bay community we are thrilled to be selected as the host site for the 2013 and 2014 National Club Baseball Association Division I World Series,” said Jason Aughey, Senior Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Having hosted the NCBA/NCSA Spring Training Showcase in the Tampa Bay area over the past seven years, we have had the privilege of working hand in hand with the NCBA to create an incredible partnership. Adding this signature event speaks volumes to our relationship moving forward. Combining the University of Tampa’s breathtaking downtown baseball stadium with all that our destination affords, we are confident that the NCBA, its teams and fans will be treated to a memorable World Series experience.”

The University of Tampa Baseball Stadium, home of the 2013 and 2014 NCBA Division I World Series tournaments, sports a majestic backdrop of downtown Tampa’s skyline.

The University of Tampa Baseball Field features a grandstand and full- size indoor press box. The facility seats 750 spectators and also features a patio on the first and third base sides for lawn chair seating. The facility features all the amenities, including a beautiful view of the downtown Tampa skyline (pictured above). The grandstand and press box area was built in 2006. It contains a full concession stand with on- site restrooms also constructed.

The UT Baseball Field has been the site of numerous NCAA Division II South Regional Tournaments and also serves as the host of the annual Tony Saladino Baseball Tournament for area high schools.

There is never a shortage of entertainment options in the Tampa area. With a beautiful climate year-round the beach is only a few minutes away. The city is full of entertainment, including theaters, performing arts, museums, a zoo and an aquarium. There is no shortage of shopping with the luxury of choosing between strips of stores along a main drag or visiting a giant mall to suit all of your needs in one stop. Be sure to check out Ybor City, one of Florida’s three National Historic Landmarks in the entire state. Known in the 1900’s as the “cigar capital of the world,” the city now boasts a wide variety of shops, restaurants, clubs and other entertainment. If you’ve got a day off and you’re looking for some fun, why not spend it at the Busch Gardens & Adventure Island amusement park!

The bustling Ybor City is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Tampa.

CollClubSports CEO and President of the NCBA Sandy Sanderson had this to say about the agreement: “We are excited to once again partner with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission to host another one of the NCBA’s most storied events. What Tampa offers to our players, their families, and their fans is unique to any other host city the NCBA World Series has ever experienced. Whether it’s the shopping of Channelside, the Latin cuisine of Ybor City, or simply the sun and beaches, Tampa is sure to entertain everyone who comes to enjoy the exciting NCBA World Series action.”

Tampa, Florida will host the NCBA Division I World Series in both 2013 and 2014. More information about the 2013 NCBA Tournament can be found on the NCBA website at www.clubbaseball.org/Championship.aspx.

Comments and questions can be directed to Sandy Sanderson at [email protected] or 412-321-8440 ext. 100.

Release courtesy of Mitch Conner, Sports Information Director.