Surrey prepares to host Women’s World Softball Championship

Workers are putting the finishing touches on four softball diamonds at Surrey's Softball City, as the city prepares to host the 2016 Women's World Softball Championship in July.

"There's still a few weeks of work to do here just putting in the final details," said Greg Timm, the organizing committee chairman for the tournament.

"If spectators haven't seen this sport — women's softball — played at the competitive level, they need to come and watch this, because they'll leave with a 'wow' factor," he said.
The softball facility in South Surrey was built more than two decades ago, and according to a spokesperson for the City of Surrey, $1.5 million dollars has been put into park upgrades over the last three years, since planning for the event began.
The fields have been completely resurfaced, irrigation has been improved, dugouts and spectator seating has been replaced, and the clubhouse restaurant is being refurbished.

Officials check out the facility

Various sports and municipal officials were touring the park on Wednesday, including Ron Radigonda, Executive Director of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Division.

"I know that there'll be those last minute deals that'll need to be done, but I feel very confident that everything will be done correctly," he said. "I can't think of a better place for this championship to be held."

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As Reported By: CBC News
Posted On: May 11, 2016
Original Article: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/surrey-womens-world-softball-championship-preperation-1.3578144