BIG EAST Baseball Tourney, ESPN Comes to Clearwater

Bright House Field Set to Host Annual Eight-Team College Championship

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (May 25, 2010) – For the fourth time in five years, the road to Omaha will run through Clearwater. 

The BIG EAST Baseball Championship takes place at Clearwater’s Bright House Field, May 25-30, pairing the eight teams with the best regular season conference record in a double elimination tournament. 

The annual conference tournament is the first postseason step for players with hopes of advancing to college baseball’s mecca---Omaha, Nebraska---for the College World Series in historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

The St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission will host the BIG EAST tourney in partnership with the Clearwater Threshers, the Florida State League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition to housing the Threshers, Bright House Field also serves as the spring home of the defending National League champs.

—It’s a real treat for the players to return to Bright House Field and use the same facilities that the guys they see on television use,” said Kevin Smith, Director of the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission. —We’ve established a great relationship with the BIG EAST and to earn their repeat business says a lot about the destination.”

Opening ceremonies---complete with a homerun derby, autograph session, live music and fireworks---take place tonight beginning at 5:00 pm at Bright House Field and are free to attend. 

Tournament play kicks off tomorrow morning at 10:00 am as Rutgers takes on Pittsburgh. Other games tomorrow include Cincinnati and Connecticut at 1:00 pm, West Virginia and Louisville at 5:00 pm and USF and St. John’s at 8:00 pm. 

Games continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 12:05 pm.

The entire tournament, including tonight’s opening ceremonies, can be viewed on BIGEAST.TV, while Sirius XM satellite radio will carry the games for subscribers. In addition, all University of South Florida games will be carried locally on Bright House Sports Network and Sunday’s championship game will be broadcast nationally live on ESPNU.

Daily tournament passes can be purchased for as low as $8 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children 13 and under. An all-tournament pass providing access to every game is available for $32 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and children. 

The tournament marks the second time this year that the BIG EAST will converge on the St. Pete/Clearwater area. 

In February, approximately 17,000 fans attended the Big 10/BIG EAST Baseball Challenge where they saw 10 BIG EAST teams face off against 10 teams from the Big 10. The three-day event was held at major league-caliber venues across the St. Pete/Clearwater area, including Bright House Field. 

To purchase tickets online or for more information, please visit the BIG EAST baseball Web site at www.BIGEASTBaseball.com. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information: VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Contact: CVB Assistant Director David Downing: David@VisitSPC.com
Phone: 727.464.7213

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