BISMARCK, N.D. - Thousands of players, volunteers, fans and family members. It's McQuade weekend in the Bismarck Mandan area.
It's a tournament like no other, with the numbers to back it up. It's the 44th year of the annual Sam McQuade Senior Charity Softball Tournament, and it just keeps growing.
This year, there's a record number of teams participating: 464, and umpires officiating: 120.
That amounts to more than 7,000 players competing throughout the three days. And you can't forget about the fans, family and friends. That's estimated to be somewhere between 15 and 20,000 people.
As for where they're playing, there's 40 fields in seven complexes in Bismarck and Mandan, hosing more than 700 games this weekend. And it wouldn't be possible without the volunteers, to the tune of about 1,000 people. And a lot of them benefit from the tournament. Throughout the 44 years more than $1.5 million has been raised for charities. A lot of big numbers, that continue to be broken year after year.