October 2016


DI World Series Moves to Holly Springs, NC

Pittsburgh, PA - It is with great excitement that CollClubSports announces that the 2017 & 2018 NCBA DI World Series will be held in beautiful Holly Springs, NC at the North Main Athletic Complex.

The champions from each of the eight NCBA Division I regions will participate in this tournament. These teams will convene in Holly Springs where they will battle it out to determine who will be crowned the league's National Champion. The 2017 event will begin on Friday, May 26th and continue through the week, with the National Championship game being played on Thursday, June 1st.

"The NCBA is extremely excited to bring the 2017 and 2018 NCBA Division I World Series to Holly Springs, North Carolina and North Main Athletic Complex" says Christian Smith, Vice President of Baseball Operations at the NCBA. "Holly Springs is a fantastic city with so much to offer and North Main Athletic Complex is a venue our participants and fans will likely not soon forget. I'm so excited for the eight World Series participating teams that get the opportunity to compete for a National Title in such an amazing stadium. The fans will have an equally amazing experience at the ballpark and around town. Holly Springs offers so many things to do while away from the ballpark and with Raleigh Durham International Airport only a few minutes from Holly Springs, travel to and from will be easier than ever. Many things factor into our decision when deciding on a new city and venue to host our DI World Series and many times compromises have to be made, but not with this decision. Holly Springs and North Main Athletic Complex check all the boxes. We are beyond thrilled with this announcement and hope to make this a very long relationship."

The North Main Athletic Complex is a 42 acre park that was originally slated to become a landfill. The leaders of Holly Springs recognized the potential for the land and was able to purchase it from the county for their parks and recreation department. From there, Holly Springs has transformed this patch of land in to a massive complex that now includes a soccer center, tennis complex, and outdoor basketball courts. Most impressively, the city invested $13 million in to an all sports stadium where the World Series will take place. It boasts a 2,200 person capacity, a state of the art video scoreboard, new batting cages, a beer garden, and is home to the Holly Spring Salamanders, a summer collegiate team
that is part of the Coastal Plain League.

"The Salamanders are excited to be partnering with the Holly Springs Chamber and the Town of Holly Springs in making Holly Springs the new home of the NCBA Division I World Series," said Salamanders general manager Tommy Atkinson. "This event will showcase eight regional champions from across the United States and allow fans a week's worth of great baseball. It will also have a large economic impact to not only Holly Springs but also Southwest Wake County. We are thrilled to be hosting this event and look forward to working with the NCBA to grow it from year-to-year!"

More information on this championship tournament will be released as the event draws closer and will be announced at www.clubbaseball.org. Any questions regarding the 2017 NCBA Division I World Series can be directed to Christian Smith at Christian.Smith@CollClubSports.com or at (412) 321-8440 ext. 104.