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Press Release  | Press Release  | 5/31/2023

Perfect Game & Surprise Extend Deal

City of Surprise extends partnership with Perfect Game, baseball tournament season underway 

Surprise, AZ (May 30, 2023) The City of Surprise and Perfect Game are excited to announce an expansion of their partnership with a five-year agreement to utilize the Surprise Stadium Complex, managed and operated by the City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, as a host site for tournaments and other baseball activities in the Phoenix area. 

Perfect Game, the world’s largest amateur baseball and softball platform and scouting service, has used the Surprise Stadium Complex since 2019 to host a number of events, including its Fall National Championships.  

“These events attract teams from all over the nation and create a positive economic impact for the City of Surprise,” said Sports and Tourism Director Kendra Pettis. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Perfect Game and are excited to showcase Surprise Stadium and all of the amenities our community has to offer visitors coming for Perfect Game events.”  

Perfect Game’s impact on Surprise extends to local businesses, including hotels, restaurants and entertainment, with more than 520 youth baseball teams drawing over 66,000 in attendance during the 2022 events.   

“Perfect Game's partnership with the City of Surprise is an excellent example of when public and private partners work together to deliver local and regional value beyond hotel room nights,” said Perfect Game CEO Rob Ponger. “This support will allow for us to continue our growth for the next five years within a strategic partner destination and region.” 

Twelve Perfect Game tournaments and showcases are currently scheduled in Surprise for 2023, including the WWBA West Memorial Day Classic, which took place over Memorial Day weekend. Over 123 teams were in town from across the country to compete for the championship title in the 15U-18U divisions.   

For additional information about the Surprise Stadium Complex and a list of upcoming tournament events, please contact the City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department at 623.222.2222 or visit surprisestadium.com

About Perfect Game 

Perfect Game is the world’s largest elite youth baseball and softball platform and scouting service, producing over 9,800 events, hundreds of thousands of games and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be in college or in the professional ranks. At Perfect Game events, players are performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country. Because of this, these events prove to be invaluable to college coaches as well as Major League Baseball, as they can scout a large population of talented ballplayers in one location. To date, more than 1,847 players that have played in a Perfect Game event have also played in Major League Baseball. Since 2003, 13,893 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. In the 2022 Draft, for example, more than 90 percent of all players selected had played in Perfect Game events, and every player selected on the Draft’s first day had previously attended Perfect Game events.