A local site of the 1996 Olympic games is in need of renovations.
The Columbus Sports Council has requested $5.6 million to renovate South Commons Stadium as well as three of the fields in the complex. Some renovations include the fencing, dugouts, lighting and turf. Other renovations are more important to making the complex ADA compliant.
South Commons renovations would need to be completed in time to host USA Softball’s International Cup in 2019. Games from the cup will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Columbus Sports Council believes the exposure is another bonus to hosting the tournament.
The International Cup is part of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s preparation for the 2020 summer games.
Besides the television exposure, the tournament would continue the strong economic impact sports tourism has in Columbus. Since 1995, South Commons has accounted for $147 million of the $353 million attributed to sports tourism.
Improving the facilities will likely increase the ability to host more top level tournaments in Columbus.