(Eastlake, OH) – In conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC), the Lake County Captains are proud to announce that the Division III College Baseball World Series is coming to Eastlake. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has selected the Captains’ ballpark to host the DIII Men’s Baseball Championships
(Eastlake, OH) – In conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC), the Lake County Captains are proud to announce that the Division III College Baseball World Series is coming to Eastlake. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has selected the Captains’ ballpark to host the DIII Men’s Baseball Championships from 2024-2026. The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) will officially serve as the host member of the tournament.
The 2024 tournament will mark the first time ever that Northeast Ohio will host the DIII College Baseball World Series. Ohio has not been home to the event since 1987, when Marietta served as the host site. Marietta held the tournament from its inception in 1976 through 1987.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the NCAA DIII Men’s Baseball National Championships to our ballpark,” said Captains General Manager Jen Yorko. “This tournament will not only bring more high-quality baseball to our local fans, but it will also attract new business to our area. Hosting the DIII College Baseball World Series for three years means fans and families from around the country will travel to Eastlake, eat at our local restaurants and shop at our local stores. We’re excited for what this means for our community and amazing local partners.”
The DIII College Baseball World Series will be one of eight national championships coming to the Greater Cleveland Area between the fall of 2022 and 2026. Between 2021 and 2026, Northeast Ohio will host 11 NCAA championships.
“The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has done such a phenomenal job in advocating for Northeast Ohio to host the biggest and best sporting events in the country,” said Yorko. “We’re truly thankful for their efforts in helping us win this exciting bid and we’re honored that the NCAA chose our park.”
The NCAA’s announcement also means the Captains will continue a tradition of Midwest League cities hosting the DIII College Baseball World Series. A member of the Class-A Midwest League has hosted the tournament every year dating back to 2000. Appleton, WI, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class-A; Milwaukee Brewers), hosted the event from 2000-2018. Cedar Rapids, IA, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class-A; Minnesota Twins), hosted the tournament in 2019 and will continue to host the event through 2023.
For a complete list of NCAA championships coming to the area and to read the press release from GCSC, click here. For a complete list of the new host site selections made by the NCAA today, click here.
About the Captains
The Lake County Captains are the Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. For more information, visit the Captains’ website at www.CaptainsBaseball.com, Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CaptainsBaseball, Twitter @LCCaptains and Instagram @LCCaptains. Fans can also get the latest Captains news and offers by signing up for the Captains’ newsletter, The Anchor.
About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 215 sporting events which provide $843 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.