The final College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium

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GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - Nearly two decades of baseball tradition come to an end this weekend in the Fox Valley.

That's where the NCAA Division 3 baseball championship series is underway for the last time before moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, next year.

This is a tournament that's been held at Fox Cities Stadium since 2000.

It has a half-million dollar economic impact, but local officials didn't bid to host it again because next year it's being pushed back a week, and that posed a conflict with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The change in 2019 will end a 19-year tradition which is the fourth-longest for an NCAA championship at one site.

The event brings in competitive teams from across the country and their fans.

This year the closest team is from the Chicago area, but Wisconsin teams have shown up many times in past series.

Local baseball fans come here, too, to see the games. We spoke with one who said he's been coming here since the very beginning.

"it's a gas to be out here, and you can't beat it. Tow and a half miles away, I rode my bicycle, catch some games, go home, help the wife with the garden, go out tonight. So it's a fun time, it's a fun time," Mike Madill of Grand Chute said.

Matt Ten Haken of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau added, "It's been a great run, 19 years. We're really proud of the experiences that we've given to the athletes and fans coming to visit the Fox Cities over the years. We're sad to see it go.We'd love to have it here forever, but we really want to go out with a bang and really have a great tournament and really have everyone enjoy themselves."

There are plenty of games to see if you want to check out this weekend's series.

Depending on the outcome, it could wrap up either Monday or Tuesday.



 
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