The Olympic Team is coming to Southern California.
Read below for information and links on how to purchase tickets.
There is also an unbelievable opportunity for the girls to attend a clinic with the Olympic Players! The clinic is for girls 8-18 and it sells out fast!!!
The 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will head to Southern California for exhibition contests against NCAA Division I and II programs as the “Stand Beside Her” tour rolls through the United States in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Hosted by USA Softball of Southern California, Team USA will be in Irvine, Calif. on March 8, 2020 for an exhibition doubleheader followed by another exhibition doubleheader in the San Diego-area on March 10, 2020. In addition to exhibition contests, members of the 2020 WNT will also conduct a pair of youth clinics on March 7 and March 9.
“It is an honor, pleasure and true privilege to again host a USA Women’s Olympic Softball Team in Southern California, where softball is played at every level all year,” said USA Softball of Southern California Commissioner, Phil Gutierrez. “We look forward to witnessing the unequaled athleticism and sportsmanship of the greatest women softball players in the world as the team prepares to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.”
Both stops will provide the Red, White and Blue with training opportunities as the team looks to capture the Gold Medal in Tokyo where the sport of softball returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008.
In Irvine, fans will have the opportunity to watch the Red, White and Blue compete in an exhibition doubleheader on March 8 at Bill Barber Park, Deanna Manning Stadium (4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, Calif., 92606). Up first, a 1 p.m. PT contest against Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) followed by a contest against UC San Diego approximately 35 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Tickets for the games and March 7 camp are on sale and can be purchased at https://usasoftballsocal.ticketspice.com/stand-beside-her-tour-irvine. VIP tickets are $75, seat back chairs are $35 and non-seat chairs and standing room are $20.
“So Cal! I am so excited to be playing in Irvine for the ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,” said 2020 WNT member and Rancho Cucamonga-native, Delaney Spaulding. “Being a local girl, having family, friends, and fans in the stands will be amazing and we can’t wait to play in front of you all. Come say hi!”
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team, to be able to get on the field with the greatest players in the world,” said CSUSM Head Coach Stef Ewing. “It’s going to be a memorable experience (for our student-athletes) and we are excited to help Team USA prepare for the 2020 Olympics, while supporting the sport of softball.”
“What an incredible opportunity to play against the USA Olympic Team as they prepare for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” said UC San Diego Head Coach, Patti Gerckens. “We are honored to participate in this event and will compete with pride against these outstanding athletes.”
From Irvine, the 2020 WNT will head to the San Diego-area with games to be played at Santee Sportsplex (9951 Riverwalk Dr., Santee, Calif., 92071) on March 10. Team USA will take on CSUN, who is led by 2020 WNT Assistant Coach Tairia Flowers, at 5 p.m. PT with a nightcap against San Diego State University approximately 35 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Tickets for the games and March 9 camp are now on sale at https://usasoftballsocal.ticketspice.com/stand-by-her-tour-san-diego. VIP seats are $75, seat back chairs are $45 and non-seat chairs and standing are $15.
“I am super excited and proud to say that the Eagles will be landing in beautiful sunny Southern California for the ‘Stand Beside Her’ tour,” said 2020 WNT member and Palmdale-native, Rachel Garcia. “I am looking forward to seeing you all out there celebrating and supporting Team USA as we make our way to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo! Southern California is where my softball career started as well as my collegiate career. I am thrilled for the opportunity to play in front of our local girls and fans and hopefully inspire them the way I was when I was a young player watching Team USA.”
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Flowers. “It will be a great challenge for our team, and we look forward to helping Team USA prepare as they get ready to take the Olympic journey.”
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to play the U.S. Olympic Team,” said San Diego State University Head Coach, Kathy Van Wyk. “These are not only the elite softball players in the United States, but in the world. It will be an amazing experience for our team and the San Diego community.”
With the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, the “Stand Beside Her” tour provides much-needed training and competition for the 2020 WNT in their preparation for the Olympic Games while also giving fans a chance to watch the Red, White and Blue in person. Olympic competition will start July 22, 2020 with the Gold Medal Game being played on July 28.
The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of female athletes.
Additional stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour will be announced at a later date. For more information on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, please visit StandBesideHerTour.com.