Hamilton will be playing host this weekend to the state firefighters softball tournament. The annual event draws teams from around the state who will play games Saturday and Sunday.
Here are three things to know about the event that’s coming to the City of Sculpture:
1. Event has special meaning to Hamilton
Tony Harris, president of the IAFF Local 20, which represents Hamilton firefighters, said the event will have a special meaning this year for the city.
“The annual tournament was held in Hamilton last year, but hosted by a team out of Cincinnati, but this year the local 20 is hosting the event and this is the last year it will be played anywhere but in Columbus,” Harris said.
2. More than softball; pub crawl, concert planned
There are some special events planned as well for the weekend, according to Harris.
“The plan is for the teams to come in on Friday and then have a pub crawl that evening,” he said. “Then the games will be played on Saturday all day and Sunday, ending in the afternoon. The big thing will be the concert Saturday night at 7 p.m.”
Action on the diamond, with games being played at the North End Fields, 700 Joe Nuxhall Blvd., will start at 10 a.m. each day, and the concert will take place at the RiversEdge Amphitheater and feature two bands — Hollow (an Alice in Chains Tribute band) and STP 2 (a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band).
3. Teams are from all over Ohio
The teams playing are from: Hamilton, Mansfield, Butler County Firefighters, Chillicothe OAPFF, Greene County, Toledo A, Toledo B, Middletown, Cincinnati A, Cincinnati Metro, Cleveland, Cleveland 1, Cleveland B, Columbus Metro Fire Dawgs, Colerain, Miami Valley Fire District and Licking County.
Ohio Firefighters Softball Tournament
When: Aug. 12 and 13
Where: North End Fields, 700 Joe Nuxhall Blvd.
When: Games start at 10 a.m. each day