Lake County welcomes NCAA Division I softball

TAVARES, Fla. — More than a dozen college softball teams from across the country began play that will span four weekends at multiple venues across Lake County, Fla. through the end of February.

THE Springs Games event kicked off February 12 at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex in Leesburg and features matchups between the University of Pittsburgh, New Mexico State, Liberty University and Middle Tennessee State University. On Feb. 26-28, Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont will host games between the University of Kentucky, Florida International University, Stetson University and New Mexico State.

This year’s event is highlighted by the addition of the Big Ten Conference. Due to COVID-19, the Through a partnership with THE Spring Games and the City of Leesburg, the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex was selected to host the event. The Big Ten schools will play 84 games six days from Feb. 26-28 and March 12-14.

“We are excited to welcome the NCAA Division I and Big Ten softball teams and their families to Lake County,” said Lake County Commission Chairman Sean Parks. “Making Lake County a destination for sporting events of this caliber has been a whole community effort and we are thrilled about the impacts that events like this will have on our County.”

The event sponsorship with THE Spring Games and the City of Leesburg has not only made this year’s games possible, but it’s an investment in the future as several Big Ten teams, along with other Division I softball teams, have agreed to return to Leesburg for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

For the safety of players and visitors, COVID-19 protocols will be in place to limit the number of spectators allowed at games. For tickets or additional information, please visit www.thespringgames.comor www.visitlakefl.com.