There’s a select group of more than 2,000 softball players who are not only digging in at the end of the school year, but also getting their game face on for a memorable tournament experience.
Sold out weeks ago, the 2019 Triple Crown OKC tournament (May 31-June 3) will welcome 175 teams, ages 10u through 18u, to Oklahoma City for one of those ideal moments on the fastpitch schedule. There’s spirited competition within the five-game guarantee, with 19 states represented in the overall field, while plenty of off-the-diamond activities add extra value and amusement for teams making the trip as summertime gets ready to kick in.
That includes a bustling Team Check-In and Player Party at Remington Park (May 31, 2-6 p.m.) that puts pin trading, vendors, food, music, photos and other activities right in front of each athlete. One of the essential charms of Triple Crown OKC is the next-door access to the Women’s College World Series, as the final eight teams in the chase for the NCAA Division I national title will be competing at the same time.
Two new touches for 2019 include a social media contest that will award a Yeti Tundra 45 cooler (teams required to post four specific photos with the #TCOKC hashtag), and full-on livestream coverage from BallerTV that will be available for every game at every field. With teams ranging from Florida, Washington, Mississippi, California and throughout the West and Midwest, this is shaping up to be an iconic stop on the fastpitch calendar.
“This event brings great out-of-state competition, allowing teams to see matchups they may not have experienced before,” said event director Sarah Pow. “Not only do they get to play softball, but the fiesta and vibe around the event with the WCWS and local activities allow teams to have fun on and outside the field.”
For more information, please go to www.triplecrownokc.com – to track results, matchups and brackets, head to the scheduling page HERE
The Triple Crown OKC fastpitch tournament (May 31-June 3) has measured up year after year by drawing a hefty amount of teams (sold out at 175) to an event that balances competition and fun just as the summer softball season begins to get serious.
Like any tournament, fans will be at the ballparks checking out the action, but Oklahoma City is more than capable of offering diversions when the schedule allows.
Women’s College World Series – The increasingly devoted TV audience that tracks the event is just now grasping what fans who attend the WCWS already know. This is a riveting moment on the NCAA calendar as the best Division-I teams fight it out for the national championship; chances are you’ll see a few players who will turn up on the 2020 US Olympic team when it returns to the stage in Japan. Tickets for the WCWS may be tough to land, but you can start here: http://bit.ly/2V2NwMB
Riversport Adventures – In the heart of the city is a new high-energy water park that offers rafting, kayaking and canoeing, among other activities. Many national competitions are held on the site, but you and your team can tackle more manageable action via tubing, slides, climbing walls and much more. Check it out for team building, as well as providing a test for those individual thrill-seekers: http://bit.ly/2KFJExi (and click for discount offer http://bit.ly/2V1FkMA)
Oklahoma City National Memorial – (from the website) Coming onto the Memorial grounds, you are seeing symbolic representations of the events of, and of the people impacted by, April 19, 1995. The Memorial Museum contains exhibits that walk you through the moment of the bombing, the rescue and recovery efforts, as well as the investigation and trial of the perpetrators: http://bit.ly/2PdagnH
Bricktown – Industrial-chic Bricktown is a lively entertainment district, with repurposed warehouse spaces home to restaurants, piano lounges and chic wine bars. An eclectic mix of shops sell clothing, home decor and specialty food items like gourmet condiments and handmade chocolate. The Bricktown Water Taxi takes riders along the Bricktown Canal for tours and dinner cruises: http://bit.ly/2DcY2qE
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum – The physical artifacts of the American Old West are just the starting point for the museum, which carefully considers both the settler and native experiences of a time that defies easy explanation. Don’t miss the retrospective of artist Tom Lovell and his depictions of horses – who doesn’t love horses? http://bit.ly/2Is54ft