It’s late May in Oklahoma City, which means you hear the sounds of balls pinging off bats and the roars of tens of thousands of fans coming in to Oklahoma City to experience some of the best college baseball and softball in the country.
Oklahoma City All-Sports just wrapped up one of its busiest weeks in the organization’s history. In the last week, All-Sports brought the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship back for the 18th time in 21 years as well as the NCAA Division III Softball Championship for the first time. Those two events, combined, brought in 16 DIFFERENT TEAMS from 10 DIFFERENT STATES. That is a total of 480 student-athletes and coaches spending 5 days and nights in our city, enjoying what it has to offer and competing for championships.
The hotels downtown and all around the city were full. Those two events alone created 20,000 hotel room nights when you talk about the fans, coaches and student-athletes who were in town – an economic home run!
Lots of fans also meant lots of packed restaurants and attractions around the city. When locals head to the lake on Memorial Day weekend, Oklahoma City All-Sports’ events kept the wait staffs very busy around the city. Lines were out the door and reservations were hard to make. It’s always a special time in Oklahoma City in late May!
Big 12 Baseball had one of its best weeks in recent years!! All-Session ticket numbers were up and over one thousand group tickets were sold to youth baseball teams filling the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark all week long. To top it all off, the championship game was an official SELL-OUT with almost 9,000 people cheering on the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a victory and claiming the Big 12 title – as well as an NCAA Baseball Tournament spot. Such a great atmosphere!
While the Bricktown Ballpark was rocking, the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex was busy with the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. All of the girls competing in the championship have had dreams of playing on that historic field. They have seen their heroes of the past win NCAA Softball titles year-after-year on that same field and now they had the chance to do the same. They had one of their best experiences in their lives. Monday culminated with the Championship Series. Virginia Wesleyan capped off an amazing year winning 54 games with only three losses.
It has been such a special week for Oklahoma City All-Sports. This organization thrives on bringing so many great events and memories to the community. And it isn’t done yet! On Thursday eight more teams from seven more states come to play and bring over 80,000 fans to watch - maybe the most exciting - National Championship around the country in the NCAA Women’s College World Series! This is one of Oklahoma City’s gems in which it will host through 2035!
When it is all said and done, Oklahoma City All-Sports will have brought in an estimated $25-28 MILLION DOLLARS in economic impact in just these two weeks alone! And those numbers do not include the other two Big 12 Championship (Women’s Basketball and Softball) and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional it has hosted since March alone!
It has been a fun ride since March. One of these days our staff and Board of Directors will find some time to catch-up on our rest, but in the meantime, we will be working very hard to host and support these great championships coming to our city!