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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Tickets SOLD OUT for June 3 USA Olympic Softball team game

USA Softball Team Tour 2020

Springfield, MO — Tickets are now sold out for the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team exhibition doubleheader in Springfield Wednesday, June 3, as the “Stand Beside Her” tour rolls through more than 30 United States cities in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Springfield hosts Team USA at the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Killian Softball Stadium, 2141 E. Pythian St., at 5:30 p.m., with the second game beginning about 35 minutes after the end of the first. The Springfield stop is presented by the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation.

Within 48 hours, all levels of tickets sold out for the event. Those who would like to be placed on a waiting list for tickets may call Killian Sports Complex and Stadium, 417-837-5817

Softball returns to the Olympic program in 2020 for the first time since 2008. Springfield hosted the USA Softball Women’s National Team in their way to the Olympic Games 2008 as well as 2004, both at Meador Park.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said he looks forward to the team’s visit.

“It is a tremendous honor for Springfield to be included in the USA Softball ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,” said McClure. "Our city has such a rich softball history, dating back to the early 1920’s, and our Springfield Amateur Softball Association was founded in 1935. Killian Softball Stadium, where the games will be played, is home to Missouri State University Softball and has hosted numerous state and national championships, including the NAIA World Series earlier this year. The Stand Beside Her Tour continues that strong heritage. We wish Team USA every success on their way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.”

With the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, the “Stand Beside Her” tour provides much-needed training and competition for the 2020 Women’s National Team in their preparation for the Olympic Games while also giving fans a chance to watch the Red, White and Blue in person. Olympic competition begins July 22, 2020, with the Gold Medal Game being played on July 28.

“We are so excited to be heading to Springfield, Missouri, for a stop on the ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,” said 2020 Women’s National Team member Valerie Arioto. “Missouri is playing an instrumental role in hosting and facilitating our training in pursuit of a Gold Medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There is no doubt that Missouri will bring a great atmosphere and the fans will be a vital part of our journey.”

The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the Women’s National Team America and the future generation of female athletes.

For more information, visit StandBesideHerTour.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Diana Tyndall, Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2944

For more information about the Springfield stop on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, visit ParkBoard.org/StandBesideHer, or contact Mark Nelson, Athletics Coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, as well as USA Softball Missouri board member and USA Softball national councilman, at 417-837-5817; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile).

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