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KCAC and Great Bend Recreation Extend Partnership to 2025




WICHITA, Kan. – The KCAC Baseball and Softball Championships will remain in Great Bend, Kan. until Spring 2025, as the conference and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have extended their partnership, the conference office announced Friday. The 2023, 2024, and 2025 KCAC Baseball and Softball Championships will all take place at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

“Great Bend Recreation Commission looks forward to the KCAC Baseball and Softball Championships each year,” Chris Umphres, Executive Director/Superintendent of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, said. “Our staff takes pride in this partnership and being able to put on an outstanding collegiate event.  Thank you for putting your trust in us to help host your Conference Championships!”

“The KCAC is delighted with Great Bend’s desire to continue as our partner in hosting the conference’s Softball and Baseball Championships through the 2025 season,” stated Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner.  “We very much appreciate the upgrades to the Great Bend Sports Complex, the hospitality felt by KCAC teams when in Great Bend, and the city’s commitment to putting on two excellent events.”

The KCAC Baseball and Softball Championship tournaments have taken place in Great Bend since 2014. The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the City of Great Bend have made significant improvements to the Great Bend Sports Complex during the past decade, including a $1.37 million project completed in 2022 to place turf on the infield and bullpen areas on all five ballfields at the facility.

“On behalf of the CVB & City Council, we are so very excited to continue to be the host and home of the KCAC Baseball & Softball Championships!”, Christina Hayes, Great Bend CVB Director and Community Coordinator, stated. “Not only does our community love having each of these teams in town, but we wear this honor for our sports complex proudly! Thank you so much for choosing Great Bend! We are so excited to have you!”


The Great Bend Recreation Commission, also known as Great Bend Rec, was established July 1, 1948 as a unit of government to meet the recreational needs of Great Bend, Kansas, and USD 428 in accordance with state statutes. The mission of the Great Bend Recreation Commission is to provide quality leisure, cultural, sports, fitness and educational programs to improve the quality of the community and the lives of its individuals.