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Press Release

Jan. 14, 2008

MIAA Baseball Tournament Moving to Kansas City's CommunityAmerica Ballpark

Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

CommunityAmerica Ballpark

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association has entered into an agreement to play the 2008 MIAA Baseball Tournament at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

The four-team, double-elimination tournament is scheduled to start Friday, May 9, and conclude with the championship round Sunday, May 11.

The MIAA Tournament has been played in the past at the home of the tournament's No. 1 seed, with the exception of the 2006 tournament -- it was played in Tointon Family Stadium at Kansas State University that year due to a conflict at top-seed Emporia State University's home park.

The facility is located within the Village West area just off of Interstate 435 and State Avenue in western Wyandotte County. It was one of the first parts of the massive development, with a prime location between Kansas Speedway and the Legends Shopping Center.

"In an effort to make the MIAA more marketable in Kansas City, we need to have more championship events in the metropolitan area," MIAA commissioner Jim Johnson said. "With a fine facility such as CommunityAmerica Ballpark, it will be great for our student-athletes and fans to experience and give the local baseball fans a taste of high-quality NCAA Division II action."

CommunityAmerica Ballpark has been the home for the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent Northern League since opening in 2003, and will be the home for the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer starting in 2008.

The park has hosted several college tournaments involving NCAA Division I schools in its history, and also is the home field for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils.

The park has permanent seating for baseball of 4,365, but has hosted more than twice that number thanks to grass berm areas down the leftfield line and behind the fence in rightfield, as well as standing room above the Mini-Monster (an 18-foot wall) in leftfield, a picnic area down the rightfield line and wide concourses which surround the entire playing field.

"In our continuing efforts to provide quality entertainment at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the T-Bones are very excited about the addition of the MIAA Baseball Tournament to our facility's schedule," said Kansas City T-Bones general manager Rick Muntean. "Not only will we offer our fans and the market top notch baseball, we will be bringing folks from out of the market to the Legends area. It should be a win-win for all involved."

This will be the MIAA's third championship event in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 2008 -- after the basketball championships in March, the MIAA Softball Tournament will be played at Mid-America West Sports Complex in Shawnee, Kan., May 2-3.

The MIAA has 10 member institutions in Missouri and Kansas, and is a proud NCAA Division II member. An 11th member will join the conference in 2008-09 -- the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The University of Central Missouri has won two D-II baseball national titles (1994, 2003).

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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