Professional Women’s Softball Team to Play Home Games at Mason
Posted: May 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Dave Andrews
The Washington Glory, the newest member of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league, officially announced it will play home games at the Fairfax Campus of George Mason beginning May 26.
“We think George Mason is the perfect home for the Washington Glory,” says Paul Wilson, team owner and general manager. “It’s been a dream of ours to unite with such a prestigious university.”
The Glory is scheduled to play 29 home games in their 2007 inaugural season at George Mason continuing through the end of August. Mason has agreed to host the Glory’s home games through the 2011 season.
“Mason’s location in the heart of Fairfax is fantastic and very convenient for our fans throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District,” Wilson says.
In preparation for the upcoming season, the softball complex at George Mason is undergoing significant upgrades. Temporary concession stands and bathrooms, along with additional seating and a state-of-the-art lighting system, will be added. Many of the changes will be made permanent for the 2008 season.
“The Washington Glory is the only professional sports franchise in Fairfax County, and we’re thrilled to be associated with their organization,” says Mason President Alan Merten. “This opportunity enables us to host a top-flight sports team for the Washington community, and has the potential to offer something very special to our students within an academic realm.”
Wilson says the partnership will produce many internship and educational opportunities for students in the areas of sports management, event management, athletic training, marketing and finance.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the official development partner of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The partnership, which began in 2002, is part of the Commissioner’s Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help the MLB and its 30 major league clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.
Headquartered in Denver, Col., the National Pro Fastpitch league was created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport. It has operated since 1997 under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch and Women’s Pro Softball League.