OKLAHOMA CITY — Fans in the Chicago metro area will have the opportunity to catch the 2019 Women’s National Team (WNT) June 14-16 as Team USA is slated for five exhibition games in Rosemont, Ill. against teams within the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league – three against the Chicago Bandits and two against the USSSA Pride. Announced in November of 2018, USA Softball has partnered with the Village of Rosemont to host the 2019 WNT training camp at Parkway Bank Sports Complex from June 10-16 as the 2019 roster prepares for the international season.
“What a great opportunity to catch Team USA in action,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “As the excitement continues to grow for softball’s return to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, we hope that fans in the Chicago area will come out to watch our Women’s National Team and two of the top teams in the NPF. We are grateful to the Village of Rosemont for providing an excellent training environment for our Women’s National Team. We also want to thank the Chicago Bandits and USSSA Pride as these five exhibition games will deliver quality competition as we prepare for the 2019 season.”
The action will kick off on Friday, June 14 as the U.S. will take on the Bandits at 4 p.m. CT followed by a game against the Pride. The teams will meet again on Saturday, June 15 with Team USA’s first game of the day at 3 p.m. CT against the Pride and a 7 p.m. CT matchup against the Bandits. A 2 p.m. CT contest against the Bandits on Sunday, June 16 will close out the exhibition schedule.
“I am really excited for Team USA to kickoff our summer in Rosemont,” said USA Softball WNT member Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).
Spaulding, who played for the Bandits during the 2018 NPF season continued, “The Bandits have a beautiful facility that I personally loved playing at. The fans love their softball and the atmosphere is fun to play in. I’m certain that we will have a great time there!”
Fellow WNT teammate and a member of the USSSA Pride, Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) echoed her teammates sentiments.
“Chicago’s stadium has always been a favorite for NPF players to play at because of the energy their fans bring,” Ricketts said. “Although the Bandits and Pride are longtime NPF rivals, their fans have always been very gracious towards us because they are just fans of the sport and hope to see softball grow as much as we players want it to.”
“I am also very excited to play against my Pride teammates for training camp,” Ricketts continued. “Being able to compete on the Pride in my NPF career has really helped me grow as a player with how competitive and talented the team is every year. It’ll be great to see familiar faces and start the summer off with some good competition before we head over to Japan.”
Tickets for the five exhibition contests will go on sale February 1 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.ticketmaster.com/chicago-bandits-tickets/artist/966665 or calling the box office at 877-722-6348. Tickets may also be purchased via walkup at the box office (27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont, Ill. 60018). Ticket prices per session start at $11 for outfield seating while lower club level tickets are $20. Group tickets (15 or more) start at $9 per session with lower club level tickets available for purchase at $18.
Owned and operated by the Village of Rosemont, Parkway Bank Sports Complex is a destination for baseball and softball players of all ages. Featuring a 140,000 square foot dome facility, Parkway Bank Sports Complex is also home to Rosemont Stadium, which serves as the home field for the Chicago Bandits.
Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.
About Chicago Bandits
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes 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, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2019 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.
About USA Softball
USA Softball 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 Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball 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. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball 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, USA Softball 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 USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.