For the third straight season, the WAC Baseball Tournament will take place in Mesa, Ariz., as the 2016 championship returns to renovated Hohokam Stadium, spring training home of the Oakland Athletics. The top six eligible teams will advance to the double-elimination tournament, which will be held May 25-28, with the eleventh game scheduled for May 29 if necessary.
Improvements to Hohokam Stadium are immediately noticeable as the exterior and entrance gates has been painted and re-branded with the familiar Oakland Athletics green and gold color scheme. The stadium also features refurbished seating, a state-of-the art scoreboard and a new and expanded clubhouse. The bleachers along the left field and right field foul lines have been replaced with party decks. The top six teams from the WAC’s regular season standings will advance to the tournament.The WAC Baseball Tournament is no stranger to the state of Arizona and the City of Mesa. The league’s championship has been played in Arizona 14 times (1963, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 2010, 11, 12, 14) and the event was held in Mesa in 1971, 1973, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Mesa, located in Maricopa County, is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona and the nation's 38th-largest city. The City provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis while maintaining the feel of a suburban environment. Just 15 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa covers 152 square miles. With dynamic recreational, educational and business environments, Mesa enjoys the best in a variety of amenities including parks within easy walking distance from home, a variety of sports facilities that cater to athletes young and old, highly rated golf courses for every skill level, and a diversity of special events and community festivals.
WAC Baseball has a strong tradition of national success as the league owns seven national championships. The WAC has been represented at the College World Series 22 times.