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South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia wins the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year !

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – After undergoing a multi-billion-dollar renovation in a mere six months and successfully hosting the 2019 USA Softball International Cup, South Commons Softball Complex has been awarded the 2019 Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. South Commons Softball Complex will receive their award at the 88th USA Softball Annual Council Meeting in Sparks, Nev.

“Congrats to South Commons Softball Complex on winning the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball Managing Director of Membership Services, Rich Cress. “South Commons does a great job of ensuring their facility is in prime condition for each event they host. Whether hosting a grassroots event, local event or a National Team event, the South Commons staff, tournament directors and field crew offer nothing but the best for the players, fans and umpires.”

The South Commons Softball Complex is most notably known for hosting the historic 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the sport of softball, where the Red, White and Blue claimed the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal. A host for a variety of events throughout the year, the South Commons Softball Complex has hosted the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Sidney Cooper Invitational, National Club Softball Association (NCSA) World Series and annually hosts the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Softball Championships.

South Commons most recently held the 2019 USA Softball International Cup where over 9,900 fans enjoyed a week-long competition of international play resulting in the USA Softball Women’s National Team taking home the Gold and the U-19 Women’s National Team earning the Bronze Medal.

“USA Softball of Georgia wants to thank USA Softball for selecting South Commons Softball Complex as the Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball of Georgia Commissioner, Al Dattolo. “After undergoing extensive renovations, this is an award which is greatly deserved and appreciated by the city of Columbus.”

South Commons Softball Complex is an eight-field complex, which includes a five-field hub with a roundhouse and a three-field fan with a stadium, indoor score booths, concessions and restrooms. After undergoing a $4.8 million-dollar renovation, the South Commons softball facilities are unparalleled in the region. The renovations included new LED lighting, new scoreboards, field drainage systems, stadium seats, fencing, renovated restrooms and concessions, paint, sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, netting, Wi-Fi and internet access, and updated umpire rooms, press box and skyboxes.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS 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.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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