SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA/KNOE) - Louisiana Tech & the University of Louisiana Monroe will face the US Softball Women's National Team in Shreveport in April of 2020. It's part of the 2020 USA Softball Women's National Team "Stand Beside Her" Tour.
The Louisiana Tech will face Team USA at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at Shreveport's Cargill Park. The ULM game will follow at approx. 7:30 p.m., or 30 minutes after the Tech game.
"Louisiana Tech is so excited to be a part of this opportunity to showcase our program and our university on the same stage with the national team," said La Tech Head Coach Maria Winn-Ratliff, in a news release. "This will give our players an opportunity to play against the best of the best in the world; players they have grown up following and idolizing in many respects.
"More than anything, this is an opportunity that our team is going to talk about for decades," ULM head coach Molly Fichtner said. "Our student-athletes look up to a lot of these athletes, and to be on the same field as them will be a special moment that they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to learn from the best players in the game."
"The first time I told the team about our plans to play the Olympic team, they were ecstatic," Fichtner said. "We had tears of joy, gloves flying in the air, and smiles bigger than the state of Louisiana. Pure joy in its purest form."
The 2020 USA Softball Women’s Team is preparing to capture a gold medal in Tokyo. Softball hasn’t been apart of the Olympic program since 2008. Olympic competition will start July 22, 2020.
Tickets for the event are limited and can be purchased online here with home plate premium seating tickets available for $30, foul line general admission tickets for $25, outfield general admission for $20 and outfield grass seating for $10. Groups of 10-or-more can purchase discounted outfield general admission tickets for $15 per ticket.
"I would like to thank everyone that has allowed ULM this amazing opportunity in Shreveport," Fichtner said. "Thank you to (USA Softball of Louisiana Junior Olympic Commissioner) Dakota Hill, the Olympic team and coaching staff, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, and everyone else involved to create an incredible night of softball in the state of Louisiana."
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