**** Bulletin**** Schedule Change for Friday, Aug. 19 at Little League Baseball World Series
Because of unique admission policies at the Little League Baseball World Series, and security considerations, the playing times and venues for two Little League Baseball World Series Games will be switched on Friday.
Originally, game No. 7 between the Mid-Atlantic Region Champion and the Great Lakes Region Champion was scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Little League Volunteer Stadium, the smaller of the two Little League Baseball World Series venues. Later that evening in game No. 8, the European Region Champion was scheduled to play the Latin America Region Champion at 8 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the largest of the two.
Volunteer Stadium provides seating for about 4,000 people, with standing-room capacity for about 2,000 more. Lamade Stadium has seating for about 9,000 in the stands, and at least 35,000 more on the terraced hills beyond the outfield fence. Both stadiums are on the Little League International Complex in South Williamsport.
Those two game times and venues have been swapped, it was decided today by the Little League International Tournament Committee. The Europe vs. Latin America game will now by played at 5 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, live on ESPN2. The Mid-Atlantic vs. Great Lakes game will now be played at 8 p.m. at Lamade Stadium, live on ESPN.
“The team that won the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship earlier today is from Clinton County, Pa., a community about a half-hour’s drive from the Little League International Complex,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “By conservative estimates, we expect more than 15,000 people to be here for the Mid-Atlantic team’s first game on Friday.
“We do not restrict the number of people who enter the complex. And because no ticket is ever required, and no admission is ever charged to watch a game here, a crowd of more than 15,000 at a venue that can accommodate less than half that number raises a number of security and crowd control issues. So after consulting with our security personnel, we decided to make the change. All the teams affected have been informed.”
The modified double-elimination format means that only the first-round match-ups are known, so Little League will consider whether any other changes will be necessary as the tournament progresses.