2019 NPF Championship Series returns to Rosemont

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series will return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois, for a second consecutive season, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The 2019 Championship Series is scheduled for Aug. 15-19.

The league’s hallmark event will enter its second season with a best-of-five Championship Series format, which features the top two teams from the regular-season standings. The Chicago Bandits and USSSA Pride met in the inaugural version of the best-of-five Championship Series in 2018.

“We truly enjoyed not only the Championship Series itself in 2018, but the complete championship fan experience enabled by Rosemont,” NPF commissioner Cheri Kempf said. “The stadium, dome and surrounding entertainment district allow us to put on a championship event worthy of the incredible athletes who are competing, as well as our passionate fans.”

“We are thrilled to be hosting the NPF Championship Series again in 2019,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “The Parkway Bank Sports Complex is a is a beautiful venue that we are proud to have in Rosemont, and the opportunity to bring an event the caliber of the league’s championship to our stadium is really special.”

The 2019 Championship Series will feature ample ancillary fun and engaging opportunities alongside the competitive action. The event will lead off Wednesday, Aug. 14 with the annual NPF Awards Banquet. The league will offer a limited number of fans the opportunity to join teams as VIPs via the purchase of tickets as part of a Championship Series package or as standalone purchases.

Included for fans will be the return of the Tailgate FanFest, an event which takes place prior to each of the first three games of the Championship Series, and features a bandstand, food, drinks, contests and interactive experiences with league suppliers and sponsors.

The Commissioner’s Reception, an invitation-only event which takes place on the opening night of the Championship Series and features some of the season’s most-decorated players, is also set to return in 2019.

The 2019 Championship Series marks the fourth time Rosemont has hosted the NPF’s championship.

The 2019 NPF season will open May 28 when the Beijing Shougang Eagles host the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois. The 138-game regular season concludes Aug. 11 with a matchup between the Pride and Bandits in Rosemont.

Tickets for the 2019 NPF Championship Series are on sale now and can be purchased here.

To purchase tickets to the banquet, please contact the league office here.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.  The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.