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2005 Big League Softball World Series General Information

The 2005 Series is scheduled for August 15-20. All the games are played at Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Big League Softball World Series is for girls, ages 16-18.

As always, admission is free. Vanderberg Park, where at least one of Little League Softball’s World Series tournaments has been played every year since 1980, seats approximately 5,000. This year marks the 25th anniversary of a World Series being played in Kalamazoo.

A schedule of the games can be found here.

Lodging and Travel
Book nearby hotel space and receive other information by visiting the Big League Softball World Series website at www.softballworldseries.org. For more information on accommodations, local attractions, restaurants, etc., please call the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 269-381-2977 or visit their website at www.discoverkalamazoo.com.

A map showing Vanderberg Park is available at either website listed above.

For all of your hotel needs, we encourage you to use "Choice Hotels," the Official Hotel Partner of Little League Baseball and Softball. To make reservations, contact the Choice Sports Desk at 877-240-AWAY (2929) and use Discount Code 00211120. By using that Discount Code you will SAVE at least 15 percent off your hotel rooms and a portion of the proceeds will go back to Little League Baseball and Softball. The Sports Desk can also be contacted via fax at 877-249-AWAY (2929).

Refreshments/Food/Souvenirs
Food, refreshments, and souvenirs will be available at the complex. Pin trading is encouraged in a special area set aside for this purpose.

Safety/Tobacco Use
Medical personnel are on duty for every game and on call if necessary. In keeping with the Little League tradition of teaching by example, all smoking and smokeless tobacco use is prohibited in all areas of the complex.

Television
The championship game of the Big League Softball World Series is scheduled to be televised nationally, on a tape-delayed basis, on Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. At this time, no other television coverage of games is planned, although Little League International continues to urge networks to carry the games of all World Series tournaments. We also expect extensive media coverage from newspapers, radio stations and television stations.

Miscellaneous
Other events during the week of the series include opening ceremonies, picnic, fun night for the players, awards banquet, parade of champions and spirit competition.

(This information, provided by the tournament director, was last updated April 2005.)