Little League Selects New Location For Softball World Series
Little League announced the new location for its annual Little League Softball World Series on Wednesday.
The event's new site, which was established as part of a five-year agreement, will be in Greenville, N.C. at the home of Greenville Little League.
"This event has played an integral role in the memories and experience of hundreds of thousands of young women over the past 46 years, and we are excited to work alongside the great volunteers at Greenville Little League and the City of Greenville to continue to provide this unique opportunity to more than a hundred young female athletes from around the world each year," Little League International Tournament Committee Chairman Patrick Wilson said in a press release. "We are thankful to everyone who has been involved in this search and look forward to the future of the Little League Softball World Series in Greenville."
After more than 25 years at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland, Ore., Little League International announced in October that the event would move its location beginning in 2020 following the sale of the facility.
"This is an exciting announcement for the City of Greenville," Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly said in the release. "We are thrilled that Little League International has selected our city as its new home for the Little League Softball World Series and that families from around the world will now have the opportunity to enjoy our first-class facilities and the other aspects of Greenville that make it a great place to live, work and visit."
Ten teams will compete in the 2020 tournament, with nine regional champions and one North Carolina host team represented. The field will expand in 2021, with 12 teams set to be represented once the current East Region is divided into the Mid-Atlantic and New England Regions and the current West Region is divided into the Northwest and West Regions.
This year's event will take place Aug. 12-19 with every game once again being featured on ESPN's networks.