WILLISTON, N.D. - For the second time this decade, Williston will be hosting the Babe Ruth World Series.
Everywhere you look in the Aafedt Stadium, it’s hard not to be wowed by improvements.
“The stadium crew has done a great job,” says Larry Grondahl, World Series Host President.
Since Williston last hosted in 2013, the stadium has received a face lift. About half a million dollars has been invested in the ballpark. Some of the new additions to the stadium are a video scoreboard, personalized titles and new concrete behind the grandstand.
“Everybody found another way to make it happen. That is what is so special about the whole thing; everybody has always just stepped up and done something a little more to make it a little better,” says Grondahl.
Grondahl says the budget for the event is between $800,000 and $900,000.
“We are always trying to improve the town," says Amy Krueger, Williston CVB Executive Director.
Over the years, Williston has done a lot to improve.
“We are able to showcase Williston in all that we have accomplished. The downtown project, the ARC has happened since the last World Series. To be able to showcase that and showcase Williston as a whole is a great accomplishment and a great achievement," says Krueger.
With this being the fourth time Williston has hosted the tournament, the expectation to improve is always there for city leaders.
“We want them to come out and say, 'this was the best experience of my children’s life,' and my son’s life who is playing. We want them to leave here and always have unbelievably fond memories of Williston,” says Grondahl.
So tomorrow, let the memories begin. The tournament players are between the ages of 13 and 15.