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Construction Progressing on New Little League World Series Stadium

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (March 1, 2001) – Taking advantage of favorable weather, construction on the new Little League Baseball World Series stadium progressed throughout the winter as superstructure for the seating areas was erected, a pavilion was added, and a new concession facility took shape.

Meanwhile, in Kutno, Poland, construction is ongoing on the dormitories that will house children from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center.

At another major construction site, the Little League Baseball Texas State Headquarters is taking shape in Waco, Texas.

In Williamsport, More than 700 seats in the new stadium are now covered by a roof. Metal planking for about 4,000 seats has been installed in the yet-unnamed stadium at the Little League Baseball International Headquarters. Lawn seating for another 1,000 fans will be available beyond the outfield fence, making a total of about 5,000 seats.

Construction began in March 2000 with topsoil being stripped in the area just north of Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The area was re-graded for the new stadium and for concession and restroom facilities that are now near completion.

About 40,000 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass, installed on Nov. 8, now covers the new field where 12 games of the 2001 Little League Baseball World Series will be played. The sod is the same type as that in use at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, where the Little League Baseball World Series has been played every year since 1959. The first game in the new stadium will be on the first day of the 55th annual series, Aug. 17, 2001.

The construction of a second stadium was needed to accommodate the expansion of the tournament from eight teams to 16, starting in 2001. Under the pool play format, 15 games have been played each year since 1992 to determine the world champion in the Little League Division for 11-12-year-olds. With the extra teams, the format remains unchanged, but the number of games increases to 31.

Expansion means more than 200 children will have the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of youth sports competition each year. A maximum of 112 players have participated in the World Series each year since the first was played in 1947.

Lamade Stadium has seating for about 10,000, with room for another 35,000 on the terraced hills beyond the outfield fence. As part of the expansion, some areas beneath Lamade Stadium, previously used for concessions, are being converted to rooms for World Series functions.

For more information contact: 
Lance Van Auken, Director of Media Relations and Communications
Little League Baseball International Headquarters 
(570) 326-1921 
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