NATIONAL COLLEGE CLUB TEAMS CONVERGE IN TAMPA BAY FOR SPRING TRAINING SHOWCASE

NATIONAL COLLEGE CLUB TEAMS CONVERGE IN TAMPA BAY FOR SPRING TRAINING SHOWCASE

TAMPA, Fla. - For the seventh consecutive year, college club baseball and softball teams from throughout the country will converge on Tampa Bay during March when the National Club Baseball/Softball Association (NCBA/NCSA) hosts its 2012 Spring Training Showcase. This year’s Showcase is expected to draw 60 teams from 18 different states to the Mike Sansone Complex in Plant City, representing a more than 50 percent increase since the inaugural Showcase in 2006.

“The City of Plant City is proud to be selected as the spring training site for the NCBA and NCSA,” commented Director of Plant City Recreation and Parks Jack Holland.  “The visits by the teams over the month of March bring a beneficial financial impact to area businesses and to the City itself.  We are happy that our facilities meet their needs and we look forward to having them back next year.”

Tampa Bay will welcome several prestigious colleges and universities throughout March. During week one (March 3-10), the Showcase will feature Michigan State, Penn State, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.  In the second week (March 10-17), the Showcase draws teams from Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Carnegie Mellon. The third week (March 17-24) will include teams from Cincinnati, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Cornell. The final week (March 24-31) showcases teams from Colorado, Drexel and Missouri.

“We are excited to continue our strong partnership with the National Club Baseball/Softball Association and welcome the influx of college club teams to Tampa Bay to experience all we have to offer,” said Sales and Events Manager for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Jason Aughey. “The evolution of the Spring Training Showcase over the past seven years has been incredible, a true testament to the leadership of the organization.”

The 2012 Showcase will also feature several new and returning sponsors. Weeknights will feature team nights and special deals at Tilted Kilt in Carrollwood on Monday evenings, GameTime in Ybor City on Tuesdays, Champps Americana at International Plaza on Wednesdays, and Blue Dog Bistro (formerly Rock-N-Sports) in Ybor on Thursday nights. Additional sponsors include O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Plant City, Circle K/Subway, Hooter’s, Papa John’s in Plant City, Powerade and 5 Hour Energy. Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center will serve as the Official Host Hotel.

“The event is just getting underway and we have already seen some amazing baseball and softball,” said Director of Spring Training Operations for the National Club Baseball & Softball Associations Savannah Harp. “We really appreciate all of the local involvement from the local businesses. This is sure to be our best NCBA/NCSA Spring Training Showcase yet!”

For more information on the NCBA/NCSA Spring Training Showcase, including a complete listing of attending colleges and universities, please visit http://springtraining.clubbaseball.org/Baseball.asp.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission works closely with Tampa Bay & Company and the community to attract, promote and organize major amateur sporting events, as well as grassroots youth sports programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the entire Tampa Bay area.