February 21, 2018
The World Baseball Softball Confederation has completed a visit to the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, USA, to evaluate the home of the VIII WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 and co-sign the host contract agreement.
The Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 will be staged from 22-31 August and will be the first world championship ever to be hosted by USSSA, which became a WBSC Associate Member in 2017.
The new USSSA Space Coast Complex, which includes a broadcast centre, is part of a US$ 30 million redevelopment/tourism project within Brevard County.
“USSSA’s Space Coast Complex is a first-class facility and promises to be the home of the biggest-ever Women’s Baseball World Cup,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The Space Coast will be an incredible stage for the players, as well as the fans in the stands and spectators watching around the world.”
The WBSC and USSSA leaders also formally signed the hosting contract to the Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018.
"Hosting the WBSC Women's World Cup is just a dream come true" said Don DeDonatis "It is going to be the main event of the Summer. In the near future, we expect to host 45 to 50 weekend or weeklong events a year at Space Coast Complex.”
Ten of 12 nations have qualified for the women’s Baseball pinnacle event in Viera: Host USA, Canada Cuba and Venezuela from the Americas; Netherlands from Europe; Australia from Oceania; and Japan (five-time defending world champions), Korea, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong from Asia. The two remaining berths will be decided at the inaugural Pan Am Women’s Baseball World Cup Qualifier, hosted by the Dominican Federation (FEDOBE) in Santo Domingo from 22-26 March.
“It is an honor and privilege to host the Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 in Viera,” said Space Coast Tourism Director Eric Garvey. “The eyes of the sporting world will be on our community as we welcome guests from around the world to Florida’s Space Coast.”
The Space Coast Stadium complex previously was the Spring Training home of 3 different Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the Florida Marlins (1994-2002), the Montreal Expos (2003-2004) and the Washington Nationals (2005-2016). The Nationals left the complex as they moved their operations to West Palm Beach. The complex was also the home of the Class A Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Brevard County Manatees (1994-2016), which moved to Kissimmee and were renamed the Florida Fire Frogs.
USSSA is headquartered in Viera, Florida. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 4 million participants, competing in 14 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information about USSSA, visit www.usssa.com and follow USSSA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About USSSA Space Coast Complex
USSSA Space Coast Complex is located in Viera, Florida and owned by USSSA, the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. The complex has 15 AstroTurf fields including five NCAA Softball approved fields, five NCAA Baseball approved fields, and three fields equipped with video scoreboards. USSSA Space Coast Complex is located in Brevard County with over 72 miles of coastline and beaches and only 45 minutes from the Orlando Airport.