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Mathieu Cavell
Public Information Officer

(850) 606-5300

Sports Tournaments Bring an Economic Diamond

Due to partnerships between the Leon County Division of Tourism Development, the Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department and Florida State University, the local economy will get a boost this summer.

Seven softball tournaments, plus one baseball tournament, will attract youth and adult participants, bringing more than 9,300 visitors and infusing more than $4 million into local businesses from early June through August.

“We’re proud of Leon County’s growing reputation for hosting quality sporting events,” said Lee Daniel, Director of Leon County Division of Tourism Development. “These events showcase our excellent sporting venues, our strong partnerships and bring significant economic benefit to our community.” 

The largest event, the Jacksonville Storm Showcase, a youth girls and women’s college showcase tournament, expects to attract 100 teams and 2,500 visitors. 

"Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs' tremendous facilities and staff will provide a great experience for visitors to the community," said Ashley Edwards, Director of the Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department. "With the variety of hotels, restaurants and activities available in the Tallahassee-Leon County community, visitors who come for the tournaments will be able to thoroughly enjoy their stay. The dollars spent by these visitors helps strengthen our local economy."

The 24th annual Capital City Invitational, an American Softball Association (ASA) girls fast pitch tournament, begins Leon County’s ‘Softball Summer’ on June 6-7 at the James Messer Complex.

The complete list of tournaments include:

  • 24th Annual Capital City Invitational (ASA girls fast pitch) - James Messer Complex, June 6-7
  • U.S. Fast Pitch Association Sunshine State Tournament (national qualifier for youth girls) - James Messer Complex, June 12-14
  • Gold Star Elite Tournament (youth girls, College showcase tournament) - James Messer Complex, June 19-21
  • Dizzy Dean State Baseball Tournament (youth boys) - James Messer Complex and Tom Brown Park, June 24-28
  • ASA Black World’s Championships (adult slow pitch) -  Florida State University Rec-Plex, June 27-29
  • Jacksonville Storm Showcase (youth girls, College showcase tournament) - FSU Rec-Plex and James Messer Complex, July 9-12
  • ASA Southern National 16U-A (youth girls fast pitch regional tournament) - James Messer Complex, July 31-Aug. 2
  • Black Softball Circuit Super National Invitation Tournament (NIT) (adult slow pitch) - James Messer Complex, Aug. 8-9

For more information, contact Brian Hickey, Director of Sports for Leon County Division of Tourism Development, at (850) 606-2313 / or Ashley Edwards, Director of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs at (850) 891-3866 /

The Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) is the official tourism marketing organization for Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida, promoting tourism to the area through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film, product development and visitor services. For more information, visit

The James Messer Complex and Tom Brown Park are operated and maintained by the City of Tallahassee's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information about these and other City sports facilities, visit Additional park information can be found on the department's mobile app, TallyParks, available for download from the App Store and Google Play. You can also stay up-to-date by liking the department on Facebook or following @COTparks on Twitter and Instagram.