Broadway Show League Sets Pre-Season and Opening Day; Still Waits on New Homefield

News   Broadway Show League Sets Pre-Season and Opening Day; Still Waits on New Homefield The Broadway Show League — which is now headed by new commissioner Tom Godfrey — has tentatively scheduled pre-season softball games to begin April 13 and May 4 as opening day. Where they will play is still up in the air.

The dates were set at the March 29 manager's meeting in preparation for the new season.

As Playbill.com previously reported, construction is underway on the Heckscher Ballfields in New York City's Central Park, home to the softball players of the Broadway Show League in recent seasons. Work is expected to be completed by the year's end, but will certainly not be done in time for the park's prime baseball and softball season.

A Central Park Conservancy spokesperson previously told Playbill.com (Jan. 23) that the renovation to the fields in the south end of the uptown greenery (located near 63rd Street) is part of a larger project which also includes the recently completed work on the nearby Heckscher Playground.

A number of city-based leagues including the Broadway Show League will be displaced by the renovation, according to New York City Parks Department representative Nelson Fung. They are actively working on scheduling permits at Central Park's other fields at the Great Lawn and North Meadow or other parks. Permits are expected to be distributed in April.

"The Great Lawn would be perfect or North Meadow," last year's Broadway Show League Commissioner Carlos Martinez told Playbill.com about his hopes for the upcoming season. "You want to try to keep it located all at the same place. I've got 30 teams playing so we need five fields." Martinez, a stagehand by trade, is at work on this season's Lestat. He recently handed over the reins of the league to Godfrey, a veteran Broadway Show League member and longtime Advisory Board Member. The new head was unanimously voted into office March 1.

Last season, the Beauty and the Beast team beat out three-time defending champs The Producers for the 2005 Broadway Show League softball championship, with a score of 13 to 3.

For more information on the Broadway Show League, visit www.broadwayshowleague.com.

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