The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


April 7, 2014

First-class ballgame

NJCAA’s World Series deal makes everyone a winner

ENID, Okla. — Enid must be doing something right.

The National Junior College Athletic Association sure thinks so, because it has awarded the Division II World Series to Enid for five more years, through 2019.

This is the third time NJCAA has chosen David Allen Memorial Ballpark to be the site of the event. The first two — for the 2009-11 and 2012-14 tournaments — were three-year deals.

There are several reasons NJCAA has fallen in love with Enid.

First and foremost is the ballpark. David Allen Memorial Ballpark is a first-class facility, and the teams making the World Series enjoy playing there. After all, who doesn’t like to see their face and name on the big video screen in the outfield?

Since the last event, a couple of major changes have been made to the ballpark. The natural-grass infield has been replaced with artificial turf, which allows for quicker turnarounds between games. And, a bank of bleachers has been added beyond the right-field wall, increasing capacity to about 4,000 seats.

Another big reason is the hospitality the people of Enid show the visiting teams. Teams have host families who show them around town and take care of them when they are here. The teams “adopt” youth baseball teams, which means they automatically have loud cheering sections at their games. The kids also make the junior college players feel like superstars by asking for photos and autographs.

Enid comes out as a winner, too. The teams and their fans stay in hotels, and they eat at local restaurants. It’s estimated the event had an economic impact of about $4 million last year.

We’re happy and excited to see Enid will host the World Series for at least another five years.

We encourage everyone to mark May 24-31 down on your calendars and head to the ballpark to watch the 2014 World Series.

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