Exploring Alabama - NCAA Tournament

It's that time of year again…when the "ting" of the aluminum bats rings out. Its the national championship for NCAA Division II Baseball in Montgomery . The games have been played at historic Paterson Field for 20 years. We've all shared are a lot of wonderful memories there.

But the 2005 tournament will be played at Riverwalk stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits. Carol Gunter from the Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department talked with me about the change in venues. "The city of Montgomery is very excited about hosting the tournament here," says Gunter. "After 20 years...it was great at Paterson Field...but we just feel like this was a great move...the perfect thing to do."

This will be the 21st time the championship has been played in Montgomery . Who could forget the glory days of Troy State's back-to-back national championships in 1986 and 1987? The combined efforts of the city and the Montgomery Biscuits should take the experience to the next level for the eight regional winners coming in from all across the country.

"With the locker rooms...and just the dugouts being as large as they are," said Gunter "And the crowd being so close to the field...we're just excited about it." And this year millions of people around the country will get a look at Riverwalk stadium when the championship game is televised to cable systems across the country.

Ms. Gunter says, "Since I have been associated with this tournament...this will be the ninth year...we've never had live television...and we are going to be in about 45-million households...around the United States."

There is a change in the ticket sales for the 2005 series of games. You'll get them from the Biscuits ticket office. But as always, there is no charge for parking.

So, why not take in some of the best college baseball in the country? It all starts on Saturday may 28th. Look for me…because I'm going to be there for as many games as possible.

The Division II caliber of play is just that good.