BUFFALO, N.Y. – September 24, 2015 – The Buffalo Niagara region will be the first in the northeast to host the National Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch World Series from July 17-22, 2016.
This series will include teams of the Northeastern Class B division for ages 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Over 150 teams are expected to compete; approximately 1,500 youth athletes and their families will be in attendance, occupying a total of 5,000 hotel room nights and generating over $3 million to Erie County’s economy.
“We are very excited that the greater Buffalo Niagara region will be hosting the 2016 NSA Louisville Slugger Girls Fast-Pitch World Series,” said David Butler, National Softball Association Vice President. “The travel teams that attend this event will be very pleased with this awesome location.”
Teams will compete Monday through Thursday, with the finals on Friday at Sunshine Park in West Seneca and the Amherst Audubon Recreation Complex. The support of the Town of West Seneca, the Town of Amherst, each of their girls’ fast pitch softball organizations along with the New York State National Softball Association Director were all instrumental in landing the event.
“We have been working on building our softball facilities and programs for years and now we are in the position to bring the level of caliber that is associated with a World Series event,” said Ed Warhol, National Softball Association New York State Director. “This event will be a great one for the Western New York area as we will see many out-of-town teams and great talent from across the country, but also several outstanding local Western New York teams.”
The tournament will be free and open to the public. More information will be posted at http://www.nsafastpitchworldseries.com/.
“The upcoming Softball World Series is yet one more example of Buffalo Niagara’s emergence as a premier destination for hosting amateur athletic tournaments,” Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler said. “Each sporting event we host brings in significant dollars to the local economy, and introduces our region’s resurgence to an entirely new group of guests and visitors who will in turn spread the word about our renaissance.”
The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara that promotes Buffalo and Erie County nationally and internationally as a premier sports tourism destination for the economic benefit of the community by boosting hotel occupancy and encouraging visitor spending.
The National Softball Association (NSA) is the governing body that gives softball teams the opportunity to play in qualifying tournaments for State, Regional, National and World Series tournament play.