GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association and Lee County have agreed on a three-year extension for Lee County to continue serving as the host for the Florida High School Baseball State Championships.
“Some of the premier high school baseball players, coaches and teams in the nation are on display during the Florida High School Baseball State Championships and partnering with Lee County guarantees us an elite facility for this event,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the representatives of Lee County Sports Development and Lee County Sports and Recreation during the past three years and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”
The 2016 state baseball tournament is slated for May 11-14 and May 18-21 at jetBlue Park and will consist of four-team single-elimination competition in nine classifications. All state championship games will be televised on Bright House Sports Network in a two-game session at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on May 12, May 14 and May 19 with a three-game session on May 21 scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The state semifinal contests will be broadcast via the NFHS Network in four-game sessions listed at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 11, May 13, May 18 and May 20, one two-game session on May 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are EST.
“The return of the Florida High School Baseball State Championships is a huge win for our community,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “We’re grateful and honored that the FHSAA selected Lee County to once again host the state tournament for an additional three years. Their decision truly reflects the confidence and long-standing relationships that we’ve built as well as the service we provide to the Association, players, coaches and families. We look forward to continuing to provide the players and coaches with the opportunity to play in a top-notch, professional setting and to provide and great fan experience for guests.”