Bidding for More Sports Events
If you thought Hamilton County sports facilities were going to be in high demand this summer, just wait until 2014, when the number of sporting events likely will double. Hamilton County Sports Authority and its partners are gearing up to host more than 20 sporting events in 2014.
What’s causing the increase? William Knox, Sports Authority Director, said there are several factors. Grand Park opens in 2014, so there has been a lot of interest in the facility, which will include 26 diamonds, 31 fields and two indoor facilities. There’s also been increased interest in several existing facilities for events governed by Amateur Softball Association (ASA), Triple Crown Sports for softball and baseball, and USA football, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee.
“Larger tournaments are now giving Hamilton County another look knowing it has the option of several facilities throughout the county,” Knox said.
More fields bring more opportunities for regional and qualifying events, too.
Hamilton County’s reputation for great sporting events - whether it’s on the field, the court or the golf course - is helping attract even more tournaments and special events. With a full-time staff and strong partnerships with local sports organizations, Hamilton County is putting in more bids for high-caliber events for 2014 and beyond.
Click here for the full calendar of events this summer.
Joining the Team
Hamilton County Sports Authority welcomes three interns to its team this summer. It’s welcomed help as the organization – a division of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau – heads into one of the busiest times of the year.
The interns are: Sean Krieg of Carmel, who graduated this year from Indiana University in Bloomington where he majored in sports management and marketing and minored in telecommunications. Krieg graduated from Carmel High School in 2008, was on the track team and football team and was part of the state championship team in 2007. Emily Mudd is a senior majoring in sports management at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and was on the Division I Women’s swim team. She graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2010. Travis Verhoff will be a senior at Indiana University where he is a sports marketing and management major. The Westfield graduate is an avid biker and is training for the Little 500 at IU.
World Series Baseball Comes Back to Westfield
Roundtripper Baseball Academy is hosting the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) World Series in July for 12-and-under teams. It’s the fifth time Roundripper has hosted.
Roundtripper hosts more than 150 youth baseball tournaments a year at its facility off 161st Street west of U.S. 31 in Westfield.
Chris Estep opened the baseball and softball academy in 1993, after his 7-year career playing professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos. Click here for the tournament schedule.