Round Rock Express And UIL Agree On 7-Year Deal

ROUND ROCK (June 10, 2011) -- The UIL Baseball State Championships will have a home at the Dell Diamond for years to come, The University Interscholastic League and The Round Rock Express announced Friday. The agreement secures The Dell Diamond as one of the hosts for the UIL Baseball Championships through 2017. The Dell Diamond has served as a host for the UIL State Championships since 2000.

“We’re excited to have entered this agreement with The Round Rock Express,” said Dr. Mark Cousins, UIL Director of Athletics. “This allows for the most cost-effective option for our member schools. Playing on a field like this gives these student athletes the opportunity to play at one of the best venues in the country.”

The new seven-year deal starts this year, 2011, and runs through 2017. The five UIL classifications will play the semifinal and championship games at both UFCU Disch-Falk Field on The University of Texas at Austin campus and The Dell Diamond.

“We consider our facility one of the best in Texas and feel it is a natural fit to bring some of the best high school talent into our stadium,” Express General Manager George King said. “We are very excited we get to host UIL games at our stadium for many years to come.”

UIL games at The Dell Diamond started on June 8, 2011, with the 1A and 2A semifinals and run through June 11, 2011, with the 5A State Championships. The Dell Diamond hosted 12 of the 15 games of the UIL Baseball State Championships.

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  • by David Location: Grapevine on Jun 10, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    This was my first trip to the Express home at Dell Diamonds, and after watching the 2A Semi-finals and the championship game there It seems very appropriate to me that this facility be used in conjunction with the UT field as well for the larger classifications. This is a much fairer arrangement with the UIL than the Mansfield ISD stadium and the Cowboy stadium arrangement for football. That arrangement gave an overwhelming favoritism to the larger classifications to play at Cowboy Stadium as opposed to the 1A and 2A schools being forced to play at a average high school stadium, especially when they probably played at a more prestigious site earlier in the playoffs. Lucky me, my hometown played at both the state football championship and lost and then won the 2A baseball championship. Not just for the score, but I think the kids will remember player at UT's stadium during the semi-finals than the championship game at Mansfield ISD's stadium for the state championship. Go Yoe!
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