NCAA Women's College World Series A Boon To OKC

Tuesday, June 7th 2016, 6:11 pm
By: News 9

On Tuesday night, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex will be filled with thousands of fans from across the country. University of Oklahoma’s women softball team is playing Auburn University in the NCAA’s Women’s College World Series.

“I’m hoping for a big win. I’m hoping they take home the trophy and a really good game,” said Sierra Haynes. She drove in from Houston, Texas and is a big OU fan.

Haynes also attended Monday night’s game when OU took home its 31st win in a row.

“The stadium was filled with all kinds of fans. It was a sea of crimson, then you had pink for the cancer night, and then you had your small section of orange and blue for Auburn,” she said.

Craig Cress, Executive Director of ASA USA Softball, says Tuesday night’s game is a sell-out with 8,800 tickets sold.

“We’ve hosted the college world series with the NCAA since 1989 with the exception of one year.”

The ASA is scheduled as home of the WCWS through 2035.

Last year, Cress says the games attracted 78,000 fans total with many being from out of town. This brings in profits to the metro. Seventy-eight percent of all-session tickets were sold to non-Oklahoma residents, and 81 percent of single-session tickets were sold to out-of-state fans.

This year, they are hoping to break attendance records at 80,000 if the series goes to game 3.

“Always proud, very proud every time I see [the stadium] on TV, standing there in the venue watching the games,” said Cress. He looks forward to each time the ESPN commentators mention “Oklahoma City”.

Game 2 of University of Oklahoma versus Auburn starts at 7:00  p.m. on Tuesday.