Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board Reaches Agreement To Keep Annual Softball Tournament In Birmingham
PRESS RELEASE Saturday March 2, 2019
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board has reached an agreement with the New South Softball League (NSSL) to play their 2020 Shootout Softball Tournament at Cooper Green Park.
The agreement is for three years, and will guarantee that the tournament will remain in Birmingham following the uncertainty with the softball fields located at George Ward Park.
The City is currently in negotiations with the Major League Baseball Youth Foundation to build and operate a $10 million youth academy at George Ward Park. The agreement would mean that three of the softball fields at the park would be converted into baseball fields to accommodate the new youth league.
Steps have been taken to ensure that there is minimal impact to the leagues and organizations currently utilizing the park.
“This is a great step in making sure this deal with Major League Baseball is beneficial to everyone in Birmingham,” Council President Pro Tem William Parker said. “We’ve made sure to cover all our bases and try to make this work for everyone. Hopefully we can sign similar agreements with other leagues because we want them to stay in Birmingham.”
Keith Graham, a representative with the NSSL said that, “All parties involved have worked so hard to ensure that we as a league have a place to continue our long standing tournament as well as our regular league play. We are very excited that MLB has selected Birmingham to be a part of such a wonderful program and we as a league are pleased to pledge our support in the effort to make this wonderful idea come to reality. Thank you very much for all your hard work and dedication to all the leagues and young people in Birmingham and surrounding areas that will benefit from this.”
This press release was written by Cody Owens in the Office of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council. For more information please contact Chiara Perry, Director of Public Information at 205.383.8432.