The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the Greater Lansing Sports Authority and Lansing Lugnuts spoke to the media on December 2nd to share that the Greater Lansing region was recently selected to host a prestigious six-team, double-elimination GLIAC Baseball Tournament at Cooley Law School Stadium. The event will take place May 7-10, 2020.
“We have been looking for a minor league ballpark in a centralized location for our tournament,” said GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar, who oversees a 12-school NCAA Division II conference with universities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. “We feel Cooley Law School Stadium perfectly fits the bill of being a permanent home for our baseball tournament. Lansing is a true neutral site for GLIAC members, easy to get to and a sports-minded area that sends hundreds of college-bounds students to GLIAC schools every year.”
Mike Price, Executive Director of the GLSA is equally excited to bring this tournament to the Capital City. “The GLIAC is one of the premier NCAA Division II athletic conferences in the country,” said Price. “Since the 2000-01 academic year they have claimed 25 D-II team championships, 94 individual championships, and in baseball alone 9 regional titles. The mid-Michigan region has great familiarity with the GLIAC, having so many local youths attending and graduating from GLIAC schools, as well as student-athletes competing. I know Greater Lansing will embrace this event and provide an incredible environment for the student-athletes playing at Cooley Law School Stadium.”
“We are incredibly excited to host one of the premier collegiate baseball tournaments in the Midwest,” added Lugnuts General Manager Tyler Parsons. “We talk constantly about bringing more and more events to the stadium, and this is another great addition. This will be a great economic driver for the Lansing area and offer GLIAC fans across the Midwest an opportunity to visit our great city. Thank you to the GLIAC and Greater Lansing Sports Authority for helping forge this partnership, and we look forward to providing a championship caliber venue for years to come.”
For more information about the GLIAC visit https://www.gliac.org/landing/index. For more information about the Greater Lansing Sports Authority visit www.lansingsports.org. For more information about the Lansing Lugnuts visit www.lansinglugnuts.com.