HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) — It’s playball for the NBC World Series. The 87th annual tournament looks a little different this year. Half will be played at Riverfront Stadium for only the second time in the tournament’s history, the other half in Hutchinson.
“Hutchinson loves its sports,” said LeAnn Cox, Visit Hutch VP of operations. “Having the World Series here in Hutchinson in the month of August typically it’s a slower time where the vacationers have finished, and it’s right before school gets started, so timing-wise, it’s wonderful.”
More than a couple of hundred players and coaches will visit the city’s hotels and restaurants as 16 teams compete in Hutchinson.
“Anytime we can bring an event like a World Series into Hutchinson, it makes an impact. Fans follow their teams, so all of that makes a tremendous difference,” Cox added.
Once the tournament moves to Wichita next week for the next round, Kevin Jenks, the director of the NBC World Series, says he’s excited to have competitive world series games at Riverfront Stadium for the first time.
“I don’t think we’re going to see too many run-ruled games in the 31 games over 11 days that we will be playing,” Jenks said.
While this tournament is good for both cities because of the NCAA’s new NIL rules, this could also benefit the players in an entirely new way.
“Times have changed, and it is an opportunity for a guy to be seen and maybe do some things they aren’t able to do possibly during college, during the season,” Jenks added.