Palm Beach County Set to Welcome Men's Senior Baseball League Action
17 Oct, 2018
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces the return of Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Fall Classic. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will partner with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to host the MSBL Fall Classic for the next three years on November 4-17, 2018, November 3-16, 2019, and November 1-14, 2020. The MSBL Fall Classic is one of the largest amateur baseball amateur baseball tournaments tailored for adults of all ages. This event will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018.
Executive Director , George Linley emphasized, "The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is privileged to partner with Men’s Senior Baseball League to host their Fall Classic at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The MSBL Fall Classic is one of the largest amateur baseball tournaments for adults that takes place annually in the United States. We are proud that MSBL selected Palm Beach County as their home for the next three years, which demonstrates The Palm Beaches’ position as Florida’s premier baseball destination."
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, located in West Palm Beach, and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, located in Jupiter, will come together to offer two marquee baseball stadiums and over 20 total diamonds to host the MSBL Fall Classic. They will accommodate 125 teams, consisting of 2,000 athletes from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Peru. The tournament features seven (7) adult age groups (18+, 30+, 35+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+). Over 400 baseball games will be played during the 13-day stretch. Teams compete in a round robin format, which is followed by play-offs, to determine MSBL champions.
Brady Ballard, General Manager, stated "FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is excited to welcome MSBL back to Palm Beach and to our complex for the first time. This will be a great two weeks of adult baseball and economic impact to the community."
The event has taken place on the west coast of Florida for a total of 24 out of the last 29 years. After an 18-year stint on the West Coast of Florida, MSBL moved its Fall Classic to the East Coast for the first time in 2009. Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and First Data Field in Port St. Lucie joined to host the event for five (5) years. After relocating to the west coast in 2014, Palm Beach County will once again play host in 2018.
In addition to home runs and great catches, this event will bring tremendous economic benefits to The Palm Beaches. The influx of visitors is expected to generate nearly $4 million in economic impact while filling approximately 5,000 hotel room nights.
“Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is thrilled to host the MSBL Fall Classic once again. This was a “feather in our cap” event for many years. We are happy that the tournament is returning home to Palm Beach County” said Mike Bauer, General Manager.
About the Men’s Senior Baseball League: The Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL)/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL) is the premier amateur baseball league for adults 18 years of age and older. Founded in 1988, it is the fastest-growing adult baseball organization in the country. The league has 325 local affiliates, 3,200 teams and 45,000 members who play organized amateur baseball in local leagues, 30 regional tournaments and six national tournaments. Both the MSBL and the MABL plan to expand by establishing local affiliates in communities where programs do not exist, and by welcoming existing amateur hardball leagues to affiliate. The MSBL is poised to reach 50,000 members in the very near future.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission: The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com