Rosemont, IL will host the 2018 NPF Championship Series. Parkway Bank Sports Complex—home of the league’s longest-running affiliate, the Chicago Bandits—is the scheduled site of the series, August 16-20.

In 2018, for the first time in league history, the NPF Championship Series will feature only the top two finishers from regular-season play. These two teams will face off in a best-of-five-games competition to raise the Cowles Cup. This is a variance from years past, when the top four teams of the regular season would all qualify for the playoffs.

“Our Championship Series is our hallmark event and we continue to try and create the best competitive and fan experience environment possible,” commented NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf.

“This season we are trying something we haven’t done before in featuring the top two finishers in a best-of-five format. In addition to that, we are placing the event in an NPF-team home venue that has proven to draw consistent crowds. We are looking forward to this event being the best ever in 2018.”

“The Village of Rosemont is very excited to have the Championship Series return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex in 2018,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens.

“We are already planning for the event and promise the teams and NPF fans it will be an experience to remember,” he added.

Two of the five NPF teams currently participating in the 2018 regular season have captured the coveted Cowles Cup in the past—the Chicago Bandits, 4x (2008, ‘11, ‘15 & ‘16) and the USSSA Pride, 3x (2010, ’13 & ‘14). Those seven combined titles represent over half of the total Cups awarded since 2004.

At the 2018 Winter Meetings in January, League Management Committee representatives overturned a policy that forbade the Championship Series from being held at NPF affiliate venues, a rule that had been voted into effect after Rosemont hosted back-to-back years in 2012 and ’13. This recent change of policy ushered in Parkway as the site designation for the 2018 Championship Series.

Parkway Bank Sports Complex first opened its gates in 2011 after having specifically been built to serve as the home venue for a professional softball team. A 140,000-sq. ft. facility known as the “Dome at the Ballpark” is connected to the stadium. Its rich array of functionalities represents a state-of-the-art ballpark that is capable of hosting NPF’s Chicago Bandits in addition to numerous tournaments, seasonal leagues, individual games, all-sport practices, and training sessions.

Although Tuscaloosa, Alabama holds the all-time NPF Championship attendance record of 7,408 fans (set in 2016), Rosemont owns the single-day attendance records for Games 3 and 4—1,809 and 1,949 respectively, set in 2013.

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Rosemont offers over 6,000 hotel rooms, an entertainment district within walking distance of our stadium, numerous restaurants, shopping (Fashion Outlet Mall) and entertainment.

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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.