BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Orioles will host one of the nation’s top amateur baseball tournaments, the Wilson Premier Classic, in Sarasota from September 15-18 at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park.
The Wilson Premier Classic is one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments the Orioles have drawn to Sarasota County. The tournament will include 130 games using the five fields at Buck O’Neil complex, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
A catalyst for sports tourism in Sarasota County, the Orioles hosted the week-long AAU National Championship tournament at the Buck O’Neil complex in July. Approximately 600 players on 30 teams competed, representing 15 states and Puerto Rico.
Baseball tournaments, camps, and clinics hosted by the Orioles in Sarasota County draw more than 25,000 participants and spectators each year.