Leesburg taking steps to keep NCAA softball returning

LEESBURG, Fla. — The City of Leesburg is swinging for the fences in its bid to keep big time college softball coming back year after year.

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Last year, Leesburg’s Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex  hosted the Big 10′s softball tournament due to COVID-19.

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Division I softball returned to Leesburg this month for the inaugural Northern Lights/Southern Nights Invitational tournament, celebrating the season’s opening weekend.

Tournaments like the invitational bring in millions of dollars to the local economy, and Leesburg officials are already looking at ways to keep them coming back.

NCAA softball is here! The Northern Lights/Southern Nights Invitational is underway at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex...

Posted by City of Leesburg, Florida - Government on Friday, February 11, 2022

Leesburg Parks and Recreation Director Travis Rima says, first, they’re looking at plans to improve the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex.

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They improved the field conditions and batting cages last year, and plans are in the works now for more.

“The major one, the number one thing we’re looking at is we need some sets of grandstands,’ Rima said. “We need one to have that stadium feel.”

They’re also considering upgrading to state of the art scoreboards and other things to enhance the fan experience.

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They know many teams enjoy the chance to visit Central Florida, and want Leesburg to be the place that continues to draw them in year after year.

“The more that people are here and enjoying it, the more the word’s getting out that they want to come to Leesburg,” Rima said.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.