Rockford, Illinois, to Host Senior Softball Championships | Sports Destination Management

Rockford, Illinois, to Host Senior Softball Championships

May 05, 2013
ISSA to Bring Event to Sportscore One from Aug. 9 – 11

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announces that Rockford, Ill. will host a new sports tournament this summer. The 2013 International Senior Softball Association (ISSA) World Championships will take place at Sportscore One from Aug. 9 – 11, 2013.

The ISSA was founded in 1994 to provide world-class competition for senior softball and has hosted tournaments since 1995. The growth of senior slowpitch softball necessitated a move to a new location, and Rockford’s Sportscore One was selected to host multiple divisions’ play in the World Championships – Central. An estimated 40 to 50 teams are expected to compete, bringing with them 560 players and more than 1,100 spectators. The championships begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 and the awards ceremony is scheduled following the final game on Aug 11. The tournament will bring an estimated $144,000 in economic activity to the Rockford Region.

“Rockford has strong relationships with athletic associations, athletes and coaches who take advantage of our world-class sports facilities for tournaments and events but our goal is to develop connections with a wide variety of visitors to enjoy the amenities our region has to offer,” said RACVB President/CEO John Groh. “Rockford’s tourism industry has a major impact on the economic strength of our community and diversifying the visitor base is part of maximizing our potential as a destination.”

For more information on the ISSA, visit

About the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Rockford Region is a real original city of gardens and rivers, and a wonderful place to spend a life - or a weekend. May's Calendar of Events is full of plenty of things to do and see. Explore one our museums, visit some unique shops, grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants, take in some arts and culture, or relax at one of our hotels. It's all right here in Real. Original. Rockford. For more information, go to

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