WICHITA, Kan. – This year’s National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series tournament is off to a record-breaking start, which means attendees are sure to witness memorable moments and should also take note of several items to make sure their experience is top-notch.
For the first time in tournament history, a team of former Major League Baseball stars, the Kansas Stars, are taking the field. The Stars are scheduled to play at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. They could play more games if they advance out of pool play. See the full roster here.
“The addition of the Kansas Stars has been very exciting to tournament attendees,” said Kevin Jenks, NBC Tournament director and general manager. “It has already led to the first game selling out, and will most likely sell out the other two pool games they are scheduled to play in.”
Jenks said few tickets remain for the Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 games so those wanting to attend should purchase tickets as soon as possible. “Tickets are going fast and are sure to sell out,” he said. “We’re making preparations for big crowds so everything should go smoothly, but it’s still good idea to get to the stadium a little ahead of time for the Kansas Stars games.”
Upcoming Tournament Events
Home Run Derby
Starting Saturday, Aug. 6, is the Adidas Inaugural Home Run Derby, an event featuring players from all 16 Championship Week teams. Two rounds will take place to determine which hitters advance to the finals on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the Derby begins at 11 a.m. Fans will have a chance to get autographs and enjoy prizes.
Baseball ‘Round the Clock
The 27th annual Baseball ’Round the Clock, presented by Coleman and KWCH, is set to start Friday, Aug. 5, and will run nonstop through Sunday, Aug. 7. Registration has closed for this event, but the event is sure to be full of challenges and dedicated fans.
“It’s not uncommon to see people bring in sleeping bags and other essentials so they can finish all 56 hours of Baseball ‘Round the Clock,” said Susie Santo, president and CEO of Visit Wichita. “It’s a tradition – and a chance to earn bragging rights – for locals and visitors alike.”
Jenks said he’s especially looking forward to the “do nothing” competition at this year’s Baseball ‘Round the Clock. “For 90 minutes, fans will have to literally do nothing,” he said. “No cell phone, no talking, no nothing. I expect lots of laughs and people struggling to hold still.”
T-shirts will be awarded to those participants who finish the 56 hours. Baseball 'Round the Clock participants can also participate in the Coleman Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win $500 cash. Sign up online by going to the NBC’s Facebook event page for Baseball ’Round the Clock.
Championship Week will have the same structure: four teams in four pools. However, the top two teams from each pool will advance to elimination games on Thursday, Aug. 11. Semifinals will be held Friday, Aug. 12, with the two remaining winners facing each other on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Tickets for the National Baseball Congress World Series are on sale now and can be purchased here.
There are promotions every night of the tournament, from family nights on Thursdays when fans receive a free hot dog and drink with regular-priced admission, to a youth jersey giveaway during the semifinals on Aug. 12. For more details, view the promotional schedule. All dollar day tickets can be purchased at local Kwik Trip locations.