A pair of softball tournaments that will draw more than 2,600 players, fans and coaches to the Rockford region were announced today by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
An estimated 75 teams will travel from around the nation to participate in the United States Specialty Sports Association tournaments.
“The Rockford Region’s ability to win the bid is testimony to our reputation within the national amateur sports community,” RACVB CEO John Groh said in a news release. “If we did not have world-class facilities and a strong reputation for customer service we would not be making this announcement. The Rockford Region has chosen to invest in and promote our facilities and ensure outstanding customer service, and as such we are able to attract tournaments that can have a substantial, positive influence on our community.”
The USSSA Girls’ 14 and under, class “A” division World Series will take place July 19-24. This is the first time this event will be held in the Rockford Region. The USSSA Women’s World Series returns to the Rockford region for the fourth consecutive year. It will take place July 21-24.
These events are expected to result in filling an estimated 2,600 hotel room nights and generate nearly $500,000 for area businesses, a news release said.