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OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce Salem, Va. as the latest city to host the 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) during the “Stand Beside Her” tour. Salem joins the list of cities who have been announced as hosts for the Red, White and Blue as they look to capture the Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games where the sport of softball returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008.
“It’s exciting to go to new places where we will be able to see new fans who love Team USA,” said 2020 WNT Member, Aubree Munro. “With Salem being towards the end of our tour, we’re hoping that everyone comes out to ‘Stand Beside Her’ – us – as we get ready to leave for the Olympics! Help us go out with a bang and feel all the love and support before we get to the big stage.”
Played at Kiwanis Park (731 Indiana St, Salem, VA 24153), Team USA will face the Salem All-Stars, which will be comprised of athletes from universities and colleges in the area, on June 25 for a single exhibition game at 7 p.m. ET. Hosted by USA Softball of Piedmont, Va., tickets for the game will go on sale November 8 and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Salem Civic Center Box Office at 540-375-3004.
Advanced sale General Admission ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for youth while Advanced Reserved ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for youth. Tickets can also be purchased on June 25 at the venue with General Admission tickets $25 and $15 for youth and Reserved tickets for $30 for adults and $25 for youth. Groups of 15-or-more can also purchase discounted tickets for $12.
“It is a pleasure to be a partner with the City of Salem Parks and Recreation department in hosting our USA Softball Olympic Team,” said USA Softball of Piedmont, Va. Commissioner, Andy Dooley. “Please help promote the athletes as they prepare to play in the 2020 Olympic Games.”
With the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, the “Stand Beside Her” tour provides much-needed training and competition for the 2020 WNT in their preparation for the Olympic Games while also giving fans a chance to watch the Red, White and Blue in person. Olympic competition will start July 22, 2020 with the Gold Medal Game being played on July 28.
The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of female athletes.
“Virginia’s Championship City is proud to once again represent the Commonwealth as a host site for this tour,” said Salem Mayor, Randy Foley. “We have a proven track record over the years with the Women’s National and USA Olympic Teams, and I have no doubt that this game also will provide fans with an unforgettable experience.”
Additional stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour will be announced at a later date. For more information on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, please visit StandBesideHerTour.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.