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78 softball teams coming to GI for fastpitch tournament

The Veterans Athletic Complex will be one of the places where teams will play during the...
The Veterans Athletic Complex will be one of the places where teams will play during the fastpitch tournament in Grand Island over Memorial Day weekend.(Mark Dahmke | Grand Island Tourism)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 5:12 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Heartland Sports Academy is organizing a USA Softball tournament in Grand Island – one of the largest of its kind ever in Nebraska – this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31.

The national qualifier Heroes Classic National Fastpitch Tournament will be hosting 78 fastpitch softball teams from Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas and Arizona.

Eighteen fields will be used including the Veterans Athletic Complex, Ryder Park, and George Park. The tournament will utilize sixty officials to call the games and guarantees a minimum of eight games for each participating team.

Event organizer Brock Culler said, “Grand Island is unique in that there are 20 lighted fields a short distance from each other allowing for a tournament like this to run smoothly. The softball community is taking notice of Grand Island as an ideal location because of the facilities and proximity to hotels and restaurants.”

Grand Island Tourism, who is providing financial support for the event, produced a preliminary economic impact study based on the number of teams showing a direct impact for Grand Island at more than $650,000 dollars for the four-day tournament.

Grand Island Tourism Director Brad Mellema stated that this tournament stands out because of its sheer size. It will bring around 4,000 people to town. “Team sports tournaments such as this prove the value of investing in facilities like the Veterans Athletic Complex, with its ten fields and plentiful parking. I think we’re going to see more large-scale tournaments such as this in the future, and we’re honored to welcome the teams to town,” he said.

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