Tournament Spotlight: Buckeye Classic


Columbus Has Every Team Covered This September

We’ll start with the question and answer portion of our article.

  • Is your team headed to the World Series and in need of a tune up tournament before you get to Dallas?
  • Is your team not going to the World Series and in need of a great tournament in an awesome city?

Either way, Columbus has a place for your team in early September if you act quickly as the tournament is close to being full in all divisions.

In just its 2nd year the Buckeye Classic is quickly establishing itself as a popular end of Summer tournament as the city is set to kick off what will be an extremely important next calendar year for the Columbus Lesbian & Gay Softball Association.  The tournament will take place September 5-7 in the Ohio capital city.  Close to 200 teams will descend on Columbus next August for the 2015 GSWS, but teams can get a preview of the beautiful turf infields at Lou Berliner Softball Complex right off of downtown and everything else Columbus has to offer now before heading to Ohio for the GSWS next year.

The tournament will feature B, C and D division play with trophies being awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in each division. A five game guarantee will allow teams to get a little more bang for their buck and the Classic will have a two umpire crew for each trophy game.  The host hotel is the fabulous Crown Plaza Columbus – Downtown which is situated in the Arena District and just a quick walk away from the Short North area.  Tournament events will kick off on Friday night with an Opening Party and Registration at Exile Bar from 6 to 9 pm followed by an 80’s/90’s music dance party!  Sunday post-tournament events include $2 Coors Light pints and free food at Exile Bar with Sunday Showtunes at Union Cafe!

If your team isn’t playing too late on Saturday you can always try to get a ticket to the world-famous Ohio Stadium, aka “The Horseshoe” to take in Ohio State and Virginia Tech.  After all, it is football season.  Oh, and if you do want to be one of the over 104,000 in attendance at the game you’ll be paying about $145 for the upper level nosebleed tickets that are available for resale according to Ticketmaster.  The game is sold out and the Buckeye Classic plans to follow suit as it is quickly approaching its limit of teams.  Register by August 23rd to make sure you’re a part of this young, but fast growing NAGAAA tournament.


*Thank you to Keith Speers, Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Communication for the 2015 GSWS for his help with this tournament spotlight article.*


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