World Series stays in Greenville

Published 4:25 pm Thursday, April 25, 2024

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The Little League Softball® World Series (LLSWS) will stay in Greenville, as Little League® International and the City of Greenville have agreed to an extension of their contract through 2027. The original decision to move the event to Greenville came as part of a five-year agreement in 2020, with the first event being held at Stallings Stadium at Elm Street Park in 2021.

“The ‘Road to Greenville’ has become a phrase that thousands of our girls and their families have come to dream about as they journey to become one of the 12 lucky teams to participate in our event,” said Ashlea Miller, Little League Softball World Series Tournament Director and Little League Director of Softball Development. “We are thankful to all the volunteers and staff who have continued to invest their time, effort, and excitement into making this event special.”

Since its debut as host in 2021, which was made up of all teams from the United States due to challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, the LLSWS in Greenville has continued to grow each year. In 2022, the event saw the return of international teams to the tournament as it became the most watched event in five years, and in 2023 welcomed professional softball athletes from Athletes Unlimited to town as part of a historic event with the first-ever AU Pro Games at the LLSWS. In addition to the excitement both in town and on the field, the City of Greenville was brought into the homes of millions of fans around the world as the 2023 Little League Softball World Series championship game was showcased on ABC for the first time in the event’s history.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Little League and ensure that the Little League Softball World Series will continue to call Greenville home,” said P.J. Connelly, Greenville Mayor. “Our community looks forward to welcoming the players and their families for years to come, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to make it an experience they will never forget.”

The 2024 Little League Softball World Series, Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, is set to take place from August 4-11 at Stallings Stadium at Elm Street Park. Additionally, fans and participants will once again have the unique opportunity to experience the AU Pro Games at the LLSWS, Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, as Athletes Unlimited Professional Softball players and their staff return to Greenville for two days of interaction, including a doubleheader at ECU August 7.