Air National Guard Softball teams from all over the United States will start rolling into town this week. Around 45 teams have registered to participate in the 47th Annual Tournament, bringing approximately 750 players to the area.
St. Joseph has previously hosted ANG Softball tournaments in 2004 & 2005. The tournament will kick off on Wednesday with registration, opening party and a home run derby.
Opening ceremonies will take place at Heritage Park Softball Complex at 7:45 AM on Thursday. Games will be played Thursday from 8:30 AM to 10 PM and Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM. Brackets include men’s, women’s & coed teams.
The tournament is being hosted by the Missouri 139th Airlift Wing in conjunction with the City of St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Department and the local Convention & Visitors Bureau. The tournament is expected to have an impact of over a half a million dollars on the community.
Events like this are truly great for our community - not only do we get to show off our wonderful facilities but visitors get the chance to visit one of the most historic cities ever that they may not have visited otherwise.
There is no gate admission and games are open to the public. Stop out and enjoy some great ball, an enjoyable time and welcome these troops to our city!!