ROSEMONT, Ill. (February 21, 2019) —In a partnership announced Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Bandits and the Rosemont Visitor and Tourism Bureau have reached an agreement that will provide every Bandits player and coach with an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) during the 2019 season.
National Pro Fastpitch launched the OPAL program in December. It is designed to subsidize players’ and coaches’ salaries with at least 90 percent of the revenue paid directly to the athletes and coaches themselves. The OPAL program clears the way for individuals and companies to directly support the efforts of players and coaches throughout their professional careers.
“We are honored and grateful to partner with the Rosemont Visitor and Tourism Bureau to provide OPALs to all our players and coaches,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “The OPAL program represents a great step forward for National Pro Fastpitch, and we look forward to promoting the Tourism Bureau while providing additional support for our athletes and coaching staff throughout the upcoming season.”
Bandits players and coaches will wear a specially designed logo, furnished by the Tourism Bureau, on their visors and arm sleeves for games and ancillary events during the 2019 campaign.
The OPAL program will allow the Tourism Bureau to gain exposure in-venue during game days, through livestreams broadcast internationally and via video highlights available online and on social media. Fans will also see the logo on apparel worn by Bandits players and coaches during autograph sessions following each game and at other events and player appearances throughout the season.
“We are proud to support these women in their profession and look forward to our partnership this season,” Rosemont Visitor and Tourism Bureau general manager Billy Anderson said.
In addition to their regular slate of games in 2019, the Bandits will play host to the USA Softball Women’s National Team from June 10-16 at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for a Team USA training stop. The weeklong event will feature three exhibition games between the Bandits and the National Team.
Rosemont will also host the NPF Championship Series for the second consecutive year Aug. 15-19. The best-of-five series will include tailgates and other fun, engaging opportunities for fans of all ages.
To purchase tickets to a Bandits game or to any of the above events, please visit https://chicagobandits.com/single-game-tickets or call the box office at 877-722-6348. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the box office.
ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 15th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular-season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
ABOUT NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH (NPF)
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 Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride. 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.