The stands inside USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium will be filled with fans Thursday from all over the country for the Women’s College World Series.
In March 2020, before the pandemic canceled the tournament, tickets were sold out for the series.
During the two-year break, Hall of Fame Stadium underwent nearly $30 million worth of renovations.
Officials with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitor's Bureau said not only did the players, fans and stadium take a hit but so did the Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City.
"We estimate about a $24 million impact for the week," OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau sports business director Sue Hollenbeck said. "It makes it one of our largest events and economic impact that we have."
Fans will notice an additional 4,000 seats bringing overall stadium seating to 9,000.
There's also room for an additional 4,000 fans, thanks to standing-only spots, in addition to temporary bleachers behind the outfield wall.
The top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are opening the event at 11 a.m. against James Madison.
Oklahoma State will face Georgia at 1:30 p.m.