“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.