NCAA baseball championship to leave Fox Cities after 2018

Fox Cities Stadium. Photo provided.
Fox Cities Stadium. Photo provided.

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – The NCAA Division III Baseball Championship will hold its last tournament in the Fox Cities in 2018, according to Kennan Timm, UW-Oshkosh sports information director.

According to a news release, a change in scheduling by the NCAA and the unavailability of a host facility starting with the 2019 championship has forced the partnership of Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to bow out as hosts and prevent the three entities from bidding for future hosting opportunities.

The tournament has been held in the Fox Cities for about two decades. Timm said the NCAA tournament’s schedule at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is not compatible with the Timber Rattlers’ schedule and the facility’s prior commitments.

“We are all proud of what we have accomplished the past 17 years and look forward to embracing the championship with great enthusiasm in 2017 and 2018,” Timm said. “Our goal has always been to provide an extremely positive championship experience, an ever-lasting memory, and a favorable impression of the Fox Valley and the state of Wisconsin to our visitors.”