The International University Sports Federation, the International Softball Federation and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. have announced that Colorado Springs will host the 2012 World University Championships in Softball Aug. 2-11 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The event is part of a schedule of 33 winter and summer World University Championships to be conducted in 2012, the largest number in FISU history. The Colorado Springs competition at UCCS will bring more than 200 athletes, coaches, administrators and umpires to the city.

The World Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of a university or its equivalent for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old.

Games will be conducted at the University’s outstanding Mountain Lion Field at the Four Diamonds Sports Complex, which has hosted several NCAA Division II playoffs, with a permanent seating capacity of 800.

Athletes and officials will be housed at the Summit Village Residence Halls and Alpine Village Apartments on the campus. Members of FISU, International Sport Federations, USA Softball officials and technical delegates will be staying at the Colorado Springs Marriott north of the city.


  1. Good on us, and congrats to Sports Corp. Beyond this one event, it would be useful to consider whether an effort to make Colorado Springs the permanent home of the World Championships is in order. Omaha has made a community showcase and economic engine out of the College Baseball World Series. We should explore that model and see if we can parlay this opportunity into an ongoing branding and economic development initiative.

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