Rosemont, IL, via release – In August, the nation’s top professional softball teams will come to Rosemont to compete in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship series to be held August 22-24 at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Located at 27 Jennie Finch Way, The Ballpark at Rosemont is home to the NPF’s 2011 Cowles Cup Champions the Chicago Bandits. The series will be hosted by the Village of Rosemont. Tickets are now on sale.
“The NPF is so thrilled to be back in Rosemont for this year’s Championship Series,” said NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “We are going to have a very exciting competition this year, especially as the audience for women’s fastpitch softball continues to grow.”
“The Village of Rosemont is honored to host this showcase of world-class women’s athletics in our stadium for the second year in a row,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “Women’s fastpitch softball is becoming increasingly popular and has gained a great deal of support from our community within the past few years. The NPF Championship Series will not only build on this foundation but give fans from around the country and of all ages the opportunity to enjoy this great sport as well.”
The NPF Championship Series is the League’s hallmark event and will feature the USSSA Pride, Chicago Bandits, NY/NJ Comets and the Akron Racers. Along with the league’s most talented players, there will also be numerous Olympic medalists on each team competing in the playoff/tournament format.
The format of the series is new in 2013, featuring two elimination games prior to the best of three Final Series. On Thursday, the #4 seed will face the #3 seed with the loser eliminated and the winner moving onto Friday competition. In Friday’s first match-up, the #2 seed will face the winner of Thursday’s #3/#4 game. The loser is again eliminated and the winner moves on to square off in the best of three Final Series against the awaiting #1 seed. The final game of the Final Series is the primetime feature of Friday night. Saturday will conclude with final Series with Game 2 of the Final Series, and if necessary, Game 3. Seeds in the Championship Series are based on team’s regular season finish.
A minimum of four games and a maximum of five games will be played during the series. ESPN2 will carry a live broadcast of Saturday’s first game at 5 p.m. ET and a tape-delayed broadcast of the “if necessary” game will be shown on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.
The 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series schedule is below.
National Pro Fastpitch Championship Schedule:
Thursday, August 22
Game 1: 7 p.m. (#4 vs. #3)
Friday, August 23
Game 2: 5:30 p.m. (Game 1 winner vs. #2)
Game 3: 8:30 p.m. (Game 2 winner vs. #1)
Saturday, August 24
Game 4: 4 p.m. (Game 2 winner vs. #1)
Game 5: 7 p.m. (Game 2 winner vs. #1)
The Championship Series weekend also includes the Champions Festival, which offers events for athletes, parents and coaches. Participants may attend a panel discussion where Olympic and NPF champions will discuss relevant topics, a champion’s clinic that teaches attendees how to better themselves every day, and a unique opportunity to spend a morning with some NPF champions. The Festival made its debut at the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series under the direction of NPF’s Board of Advisors members Sue Enquist and Cindy Bristow. Enrollment for the Champions Festival can be accessed through their website at www.championsfestival.com.
Tickets for the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series can be purchased in advance through the NPF and team websites, or via phone. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game at the stadium box office, pending availability. Session ticket prices range from $7 – 20, with discounts available for groups, students, seniors and military. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free. All-session passes are priced from $23 – 47. The phone number for tickets is 615-232-2900 and the website is http://championship.profastpitch.com/tickets/prices/.